A 28-year-old man wanted for 15 previous felonies opened fire on two New York City police officers who were shot while breaking up a domestic dispute in Brooklyn late Tuesday night, authorities said.
Officers Omar J. Edwards and Erik J. Jansen were taken to a hospital after a bullet entered Edwards’s leg and pierced his elbow, according to police. Another bullet struck the door of the building they were responding to, according to The New York Times.
“They came to the wrong address,” the suspect’s brother told NY1 in an interview. “I know he should be dead. I never blame anybody.”
As the three began to enter the apartment at around 9:45 p.m., the suspect, Marcell Dockery, fired more than 30 rounds at the officers, according to NY1. At least two rounds missed the officers, according to the station. At one point, Dockery was standing behind the officers, with his two guns drawn.
Shots exchanged between shooter and #NYPD officers. Kevlar bulletproof vest saved lives, may have saved cops. This is part of multiple consecutive ambushes on @NYPDSpecialops-
Watch @NY1 at 7pm. pic.twitter.com/sFXo9g3FTm — Jeremiah Gonzalez (@tjgonzalezTV) September 20, 2017
Edwards and Jansen were shot in the shoulder and leg, respectively, while they were recovering from their wounds. Police were able to quickly take the suspect into custody and make him available for a gun search. A .38-caliber revolver was found under a pile of dirt and cigarette butts, according to CBS New York.
“Both the officers were hit and the suspect was killed by a burst of bullets from a .38 caliber revolver that he had, and as a result he was mortally wounded,” a spokesman for the New York Police Department said.
In addition to the two officers, two people in the apartment were taken to a hospital, and one person was grazed by a bullet, according to police. No other injuries were reported.
Dockery, a career criminal, was known to the NYPD for robberies and drug activity, NY1 reported. He had been arrested before on five different occasions, according to The Times.
This story has been updated to include additional details.