March 9, 2019
Remarks as prepared for Chief of Patrol Rodney K. Harrison
The information I'm going to provide you is preliminary and subject to change, as the investigation continues.
This morning, at approximately 3:58 a.m., there was a 911 call for a dispute with weapons in front of the RRR Bar and Lounge, located at 87-18 Liberty Avenue, where a 32-year-old male victim was shot in the left foot by a 38-year-old male suspect.
Members of the 106 Precinct Anti-Crime team, consisting of one sergeant and three police officers, all in plain clothes, in the immediate vicinity, were driving past the location, when they observed the 32-year-old victim involved in a physical altercation with the 38-year-old suspect.
As the officers exited their unmarked police vehicle, they observed the victim and suspect fighting for control of a firearm.
The officers ordered the suspect to drop the firearm. The suspect refused the officer's demands, at which time the officers discharged their firearms. The suspect was shot in the torso and arm.
Both the victim and suspect were taken to Jamaica Hospital, and both are listed in stable condition.
The suspect's 9mm firearm was recovered at the location. A knife was also recovered at the location.
There is body-worn camera footage of the incident, which is being reviewed by our Force Investigation Division, who is handling the investigation.