Police are searching for the suspect(s) who shot an East New York police officer in the leg outside the Cypress Hills Houses near 360 Fountain Avenue, late on the July 4th holiday, leaving him with non-life threatening injuries at Jamaica Hospital.
Police Officer Jamil Sarwar was on foot patrol with his partner within the public housing development when they received a radio call about a shooting where officers had lost sight of the suspects once they entered 1260 Sutter Avenue, at around 10:45 p.m.. While en route, the officers “heard additional shots fired” and took cover, at which point Sarwar realized he had been shot in the right thigh.
A search for the armed suspect(s) continues and the investigation is ongoing.
On Friday, July 5, Sarwar was visited in the hospital by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who used the opportunity to highlight his and the NYPD’s goal of increased gun control, whether through stopping gun smuggling or defending stop-and-frisk policies.
“Officer Sarwar is part of the incredibly successful Operation Impact program that has helped drive crime down in our city [and] anytime one of our police officers is shot, it is a painful reminder that our success in fighting crime is fragile,” said Bloomberg. “Last year, there was a record low number of shootings and murders in our city, and we are on pace to break both of those records this year [but] now is not the time to make it harder for officers to keep guns off our neighborhood streets.”
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