An argument over a blocked service elevator turned violent yesterday, ending in a shootout in a Brooklyn apartment during which four police officers were injured. Suspect Nakwon Foxworth, 33, who was with his pregnant girlfriend Jessica Hickling and their 4-month-old son, became angry at movers who were blocking the entrance with a barrel late Saturday night, the New York Daily News reports. "He took the stroller, with the baby in it, and started ramming it into the barrel," one of the movers says, adding that Foxworth then pulled a gun—which he ultimately threw into the child's stroller.
Foxworth—an ex-con who twice served time for attempted murder—took Hickling and the baby and went into their apartment, while the movers called police. As police were preparing for a standoff, Hickling managed to escape the apartment with her son around 12:30am. Foxworth quickly started shooting through the open door, just 10 feet away from police; officers later found a cache of illegal guns and ammo in his apartment. Foxworth was ultimately shot in the stomach and is in critical but stable condition; all of the injured officers (three shot in the leg and one in the face) are in good condition. One officer, Detective Kenneth Ayala, is being hailed as a hero for managing to hold onto the police shield and protect his fellow officers even after taking two bullets, the New York Post reports.