NEW YORK — An NYPD detective was shot in the shoulder by his partner as the two were trying to make an arrest during a drug bust in Brooklyn, police officials said.
The detective was taken to Elmhurst Hospital after the 6:15 p.m. shooting and is expected to survive. One of the suspects was also shot and wounded.
The two officers, a sergeant and a detective who were in plainclothes, had stopped a vehicle in Brooklyn while investigating a suspected heroin deal.
The detective was reaching into the car when the driver put the vehicle in reverse, ramming the police car and dragging the officer, said Benjamin Tucker, first deputy commissioner of the NYPD.
Both officers fired their weapons, he said.
The driver was shot in the leg and wrist.
The detective was hit in the left shoulder, "apparently by the shots that came from his colleague," Tucker said.
A second suspect in the car was taken into custody at the scene. Authorities said they are still looking for a third suspect, who ran away from the vehicle.
The incident marks the sixth time since January an NYPD officer has been shot in the line of duty.