An NYPD officer was shot three times and wounded in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, this afternoon. The officer was shot shortly after 5 p.m. in the parking lot of a White Castle restaurant at Empire Boulevard and Utica Avenue. And it all started with a routine stop for bus fare evaders, CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider reported.
At a news conference Wednesday evening, NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks III said the incident began when a a pair officers – James Li, 26, and Randy Chow, 30 – saw two people getting on a B46 city bus through the back door and attempting to evade paying.
One suspect ran off west on Empire Boulevard, turned, and fired at the two officers – striking Li. The two officers both returned fire, but Li fell to the ground while Chow pursued the suspect, Banks said.
Li suffered gunshot wounds to both legs and the groin, police said. Read more at CBS NY.