Remarks as prepared for Chief Terence Monahan
At approximately 4 p.m. this afternoon a three person anti-crime unit, consisting of one Sergeant and two Police Officers from the 75th Precinct, were in the vicinity of Fountain and Blake Avenues based on information of a potential retaliatory gang shooting in the area of the Cypress Housing development in the East New York Section of Brooklyn. They observed a male running from the Cypress Houses and they began to follow him in their vehicle. After approximately two blocks, on Logan Street, the officers approached the suspect. When the Sergeant and one officer exited the vehicle, the suspect drew a revolver and fired it at them.
The Officers returned fire and the subject fled on foot with officers in pursuit.
The suspect ran two blocks and entered a rear yard at 840 Belmont Avenue. One officer followed the suspect into the rear alley and confronted the suspect, who was still armed. The officer fired at the suspect again at this time. The suspect was struck and pronounced dead at the scene.
A .32 caliber revolver was recovered at the scene. The suspect has not been positively identified as of this time. The investigation at the scene is ongoing and further information will be provided when it becomes available.