Joining me today are: Chief of Department Terry Monahan, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, Chief Maddrey, Chief Lear, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, 1st Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan, NYPD Chief Surgeon Dr. Eli Kleiman, Mike Palladino of the Detectives Endowment Association, and Dr. Budarakis of Kings County Hospital.
This information is only about three (3) hours old, is preliminary, and is subject to change.
At about 6:40 this morning, officers assigned to our Brooklyn North Warrants Squad were driving in an unmarked police vehicle, westbound on Fulton Street, between Kingston and Tompkins Avenues.
While driving, the officers recognized a man walking eastbound on the sidewalk who they knew was wanted for a domestic violence robbery involving a firearm.
The officers made a U-turn and the suspect started to run. The suspect ran onto Tompkins, and then made a right onto Decatur Street.
The officers were able to get in front of the suspect, got out of their vehicle, and chased him on foot.
The police identified themselves and told the man to show them his hands. The suspect then displayed a gun and shot at the officers, striking a detective once in the leg. The detective returned fire, as did two other officers – and the suspect ran away.
After a search of the immediate area, responding officers located and apprehended the suspect inside a hallway at 39 Kingston Avenue.
A firearm was recovered nearby [in a garbage can].
The suspect is identified as 33-year-old Kelvin Stichel of Brooklyn. He has numerous prior arrests, including for assaulting the police. He is currently being treated at another hospital for an apparent gunshot wound, is expected to survive, and will be charged shortly.
Our detective is a male who has seven (7) years with the NYPD. He is conscious and alert and talking to doctors. At this point, it appears the bullet passed straight through his upper right thigh – in and out.
I want to thank the staff here at Kings County Hospital for the highly-skilled medical care they provided us today, and every time we need to come here.
And Mayor de Blasio spoke with our injured detective by telephone a short while ago.
This morning’s incident highlights the extremely dangerous work the men and women of the NYPD perform on a daily basis on behalf of New Yorkers in all five boroughs, in every neighborhood.
We should all be grateful for the outcome today, particularly as we come off yesterday’s one-year anniversary of the murder of Detective Miosotis Familia in the Bronx.
Police Officer Miguel Soto left the Hospital in the afternoon with his young son on his left thigh, with his wife walking and holding his arm.
The man identified as the shooter Kevin Stichel (age 33) also wounded in the shoot out is in custody with a bullet wound in his arm.