2 NYPD officers from LI stable after Brooklyn shootout
Two NYPD officers from Long Island were wounded in a shootout in Brooklyn early Saturday morning.
The officers have been identified as William Reddin, of Lynbrook, and Andrew Yurkiw, of Wantagh. NYPD officials say both officers were hospitalized in stable condition and are expected to be OK.
Investigators say the incident began when officers responded to a report of possible shots fired at 3:20 a.m. near Quincy Street and Malcolm X Boulevard in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant section.
As the officers approached the area, authorities say the suspect pointed a revolver at them. The suspect, identified as Jamal Funes, 34, then fled in a vehicle and the officers followed, police say.
The brief chase ended when Funes crashed into a patrol car near Lexington Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard. Police officials say Funes and the officers then exchanged fire.
Officer Yurkiw was struck in his protective vest. The bullet did not penetrate his vest, but he suffered blunt-force trauma.
Officer Reddin was struck once below the protective vest, and a bullet entered his right hip.
Both officers have been visited at the hospital by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Authorities say Yurkiw's father, who was also a police officer, similarly survived a gunshot to his bulletproof vest 27 years ago.
Police say Funes was taken to Brookdale Hospital in critical condition. Funes, of New Jersey, has an extensive criminal history, according to officials.
A .357 revolver was recovered from Funes at the scene, investigators say.