NYPD officer from Kings Park who was shot 3 times in Brooklyn leaves hospital

Authorities say 28-year-old Officer Brian McGurren, of Suffolk County, was released from the hospital Thursday after he was shot three times.

News 12 Staff

May 13, 2021, 5:28 PM

Updated 1,156 days ago

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An NYPD officer from Kings Park who was wounded in a wild shootout in Brooklyn Wednesday night was able to walk out of the hospital Thursday to cheers from his fellow brothers and sisters in blue.
Authorities say 28-year-old Officer Brian McGurran, of Kings Park, was shot three times after two shootouts broke out in Brooklyn Wednesday night.
Police say McGurran and two other officers were on patrol in an unmarked car near Saratoga Park when they received a call about a shooting a few blocks away around 11 p.m. Wednesday.
Just a few minutes after that call, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea says the officers saw a man walking quickly near Howard Avenue and Macon Street in Bed-Stuy.
When they approached him, police say 26-year-old Boyce Hayward opened fire on the officers, hitting McGurran three times. One bullet went into his vest, which police say saved his life.
Shea says the officers fired back at Hayward and hit him once in the leg.
Police say Hayward is also a person of interest in a shooting just four blocks away and moments prior on Madison Street and Broadway.
Shea says Hayward was seen on video shooting at a car with three people inside. Authorities say a 28-year-old man was killed and another man was hurt.
Mayor de Blasio and police say the shooting and several other recent shootings in the area appear to be gang related. The mayor says the officers were assigned to patrol the area for that reason.
"They were positioned near that park in Brooklyn because there had been some previous violence," he says. "This is what precision policing is all about."
Shea says Hayward is a known gang member to the NYPD and that a firearm was recovered at the scene.
PBA President Patrick Lynch says the close call for Officer McGurran shouldn't have happened.
"There's not enough police officers out there, and the ones that are, are being held back and questioned when they take police action," says Lynch.
Police say they will use ballistics to determine if the suspect in the shootout with officer McGurran is the same person responsible for the earlier fatal shooting.


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