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Moment NYC cops escape death after a man opens fire on them

Terrifying video shows NYPD in gunfight with man who opens fire at point-blank range inside apartment building

  • Video shows the moment four New York City police officers barely escaped death after a man opened fire on them in the stairwell of an apartment building
  • Officers were responding to a 911 call about an armed confrontation in Brooklyn 
  • Video shows them trying to speak to a man, who didn’t appear to be armed at first, before they walked up the stairs toward him 
  • The man immediately pulled out a gun and opened fire on the officers, sending them plummeting down the stairs as they fired back at the suspect 
  • A bullet hit one officer’s bulletproof vest while another officer was grazed 
  • Police said man was apprehended after barricading himself in the apartment  

Terrifying video shows the moment New York City police officers barely escaped death after a man opened fire on them in the stairwell of an apartment building. 

On Monday afternoon, New York City Police Commissioner, Dermot Shea, shared the video on Twitter and said the two officers ‘are lucky to be alive’.

In a tweet, Shea said: ‘Your police officers have only split-seconds to make life & death decisions — and we see it far too often.’

He said the officers of the NYPD’s 71st Precinct in Brooklyn were responding to a 911 call regarding an armed confrontation just after 9pm in the Lefferts Gardens neighborhood. 

Terrifying video shows the moment New York City police officers barely escaped death after a man opened fire on them in the stairwell of an apartment building. The officers are seen approaching the suspect as he stands in a doorway 

In a matter of seconds, the man pulls out a gun and opens fire on them, forcing the officers to scramble down the steps to safety as one officer fires back

In a matter of seconds, the man pulls out a gun and opens fire on them, forcing the officers to scramble down the steps to safety as one officer fires back 

The first half of the video is surveillance footage that shows the officers standing at the bottom of a stairwell speaking to a man standing in the doorway of an apartment. 

The four officers are seen walking up the stairs when out of nowhere the man pulls out a gun and opens fire on them.

One officer is seen grabbing his weapon and firing back as he and the other three officers fall down the stairs in an attempt to get to safety. 

Before the shooting, in the bodycam footage, the officers are heard asking the man if he called police. 

‘Yeah I gave ya a call,’ the man answers back. In response, an officer questions: ‘What’s going on?’

The man responds inaudibly before walking back into the apartment and yelling. The clip then shows another angle of the moment the man fired on the officers before retreating into the apartment and barricading himself inside. 

In the bodycam footage, the officers are heard asking the man if he called police

In the bodycam footage, the officers are heard asking the man if he called police

The man responds inaudibly before walking back into the apartment and yelling. The clip then shows another angle of the moment the man (pictured with a cloth over his head) fired on the officers before retreating into the apartment and barricading himself inside

The man responds inaudibly before walking back into the apartment and yelling. The clip then shows another angle of the moment the man (pictured with a cloth over his head) fired on the officers before retreating into the apartment and barricading himself inside

One officer is seen holding his gun toward the apartment building after he was fired upon

One officer is seen holding his gun toward the apartment building after he was fired upon 

According to Shea, one of the officers was struck once in his bulletproof vest and another officer was grazed by a bullet. 

The officer who was shot in the vest was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

Authorities said the suspect was taken into custody after barricading himself in a room with a woman and another man, whom he had allegedly shot in the leg. 

Police said the injured man was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. 

It’s unclear how the suspect is connected to the injured man and woman.  

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