Police Shooting Suspect Arraigned, Held Without Bail
Thursday, February 02, 2012 - 09:38 AM
A man accused of shooting a New York City police officer in the head has been charged with attempted murder after a prosecutor called the shooting an evil act.
Luis Ortiz was arraigned Thursday in Brooklyn on a charge of attempted murder of a police officer. He's accused of shooting Officer Kevin Brennan on Tuesday.
Brennan is in Bellevue Hospital. He's expected to recover.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said surveillance video showed Brennan in a headlock, then being shot in an alcove and lying motionless as the suspect fled.
Ortiz is being held without bail.
Prosecutor Lewis Liberman called the shooting an evil act by an evil person. He said it was an assassination attempt.
Defense attorney Eric Poulos said there is no proof his client was the gunman.