SHEEPSHEAD BAY (AP) — A shootout between police and a man barricaded in a Brooklyn home with a cache of weapons including what authorities described as an illegal, sawed-off military-style assault rifle ended with four officers and the suspect wounded.
"We have now had eight — that's correct, eight — members of the department shot in the last four months," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday at a news conference held at Lutheran Medical Center where the officers were taken. "And this is the second time in the last 24 hours that police have been fired upon by armed assailants."
He said all of the shootings "were committed with illegal guns that came from out of state."
The encounter in Brooklyn began Saturday night when authorities received a 911 call about a man with a gun arguing with moving company employees, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Sunday.
Authorities arrived at the building and determined the man was in his sixth-floor apartment with his girlfriend and their infant son. The woman and the child got out of the house, and then police entered.
Kelly said the man started shooting at the officers, firing 12 times. Three were shot in their legs and a bullet grazed the face of the fourth officer. All were in stable condition Sunday, Bloomberg said.
The man was shot in the abdomen and was hospitalized.
Kelly said police found other guns and ammunition rounds in the apartment. He said the man, Nakwon Foxworth, had been released from prison in 2010 after serving 10 years for charges including attempted murder and robbery.