A plainclothes officer for the New York Police Department was reportedly in critical condition Saturday after reportedly being shot in the head and chest by a man police approached on suspicion of carrying a gun.
The New York Post reported that the anti-crime officer based in Queens was on duty when he was shot at approximately 6:15 p.m. in the head and chest.
A suspect was taken into custody late Saturday after a heavy police presence in which officers could be seen walking on roofs and searching house by house in backyards and under cars with flashlights
An NYPD spokesman confirmed to Fox News that an officer was shot and taken to a nearby hospital, but wouldn’t confirm where he was shot or what condition the officer was in. The spokesman also confirmed the officer was in plain clothes when he was shot.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton were at the hospital, City Hall officials said
The shooting comes less than six months after two NYPD officers were shot and killed in Brooklyn.
In December, Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were killed when they were shot in the head in their patrol car in Brooklyn. The gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, later committed suicide.
Before the ambush, Brinsley posted on an Instagram account that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for Garner’s death.
On Jan. 5, two plainclothes officers who were part of an anti-crime unit in the Bronx were shot and wounded. Each officer survived two gunshot wounds.