Busy day for good guys Part 1
Off-duty cop shoots Queens. attacker
BY SIMONE WEICHSELBAUM
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Sunday, July 13th 2008, 10:54 PM
An off-duty NYPD detective shot and wounded a man in Queens Sunday after a thug opened fire when the officer intervened to stop a beating, cops said.
The officer fired four shots from his service weapon after one attacker shot at him during the 2 a.m. melee in St. Albans, police said.
He had identified himself as a cop, police said.
The wounded man, who has not been identified, hopped into a car with three other men and fled.
Cops searched nearby streets and hospitals and later found two of the suspects at Nassau County's Franklin Hospital. One man was being treated for gunshot wounds in the left arm and left leg, and his pal was staying with him, a police source said.
Both men were being questioned last night, cops said.
The detective, identified only as a 15-year veteran assigned to the narcotics division, was standing with friends at Farmers and Linden Blvds. when he spotted four brutes pounding on a man, police said.
The officer quickly spotted a gun, police said.
The gunman refused to drop his weapon, despite the detective's warning, and the shootout began, police said.
Assistant Chief Michael Collins said the shooting appears to be justified.
"He was threatened by an armed perpetrator," Collins said.
The Queens incident was one of two shootings yesterday by off-duty law enforcement officers.
Department of Correction Officer Sheldon Johnson, 34, fatally shot a man who allegedly was trying to steal his car at gunpoint in front of a South Bronx gas pump, cops said.