NYPD Cop Shot in Head

Officer in stable condition after suspect opens fire
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2015 6:36 AM CDT
NYPD Cop Shot in Head
Officer Brian Moore, a New York City police officer shot in the head while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a gun is recovering following brain surgery.   (New York City Police Department via AP)

An NYPD officer is in critical but stable condition this morning after being shot in the head last night by a suspect he and his partner approached after noticing the man was "adjusting an object in his waistband" suspiciously, commissioner Bill Bratton says. As the New York Daily News reports, Officer Brian Moore and his partner were on patrol in Queens Village; as they approached in their car, the suspect "immediately opened fire on them before they had time to get out of the vehicle," Bratton told a press conference last night. He fired at least two shots, one of which hit Moore. "They did not have an opportunity to get out and return fire," Bratton adds, per the AP.

Moore, 25, was rushed in a squad car to the hospital, where he underwent surgery; he's currently in a medically induced coma. Police swarmed the area and 90 minutes later arrested 35-year-old Demetrius Blackwell, who the Daily News describes as the cousin of former New York Giant Kory Blackwell. He has yet to be charged in the shooting, notes the AP, and no weapon was found. Moore is the fifth NYPD officer shot in five months. He joined the force in 2010. (Read more NYPD stories.)

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