Two police officers were shot by an armed subway rider in Brooklyn Thursday, and the suspect was killed in an ensuing exchange of gunfire, officials say.
The cops were the second and third NYPD officers be shot in the same evening.
The officers, Luka Kazicki and Michael Lavay, stopped the suspect on a train and exited with him at the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop in Dyker Heights after he was caught walking between subway cars while the train was moving, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a press conference. Both cops, assigned to the transit division, were in plain clothes.
The suspect acted as if he would comply but then pulled out a 9-mm Taurus and opened fire on the officers, Bloomberg said. Lavay was hit in the lower back and Kazicki was hit three times, including in each thigh. Lavay was able to return fire, killing the suspect.
One passenger was grazed in the gun battle and wasn’t seriously hurt, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Neither the train nor the platform was crowded at the time.
Kazicki and Lavay were taken to Lutheran Medical Center, where they are in stable condition.
The unidentified suspect had a past criminal record of five assaults, including one with a knife, officials said.
Earlier Thursday evening, an off-duty officer was shot in the Bronx during an apparent robbery attempt, marking three officers shot on day 3 of 2013. In all of 2012, 12 officers were shot, according to Bloomberg.
“Sometimes the good guys get shot, and sometimes they are killed,” Bloomberg said. “Tonight, thank God, three good guys — three New York City police officers who acted heroically — are going to make it.”
Bloomberg’s “good guys with guns” remark was an apparent retort to the National Rifle Association’s recent statement that “the only thing that stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” The mayor has been a vocal advocate for tighter gun control.
The Brooklyn-bound N train was bypassing the station Thursday night. The northbound train was running the line between Stillwell Avenue and 36th Street.
Source: NBC NEW YORK