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NYPD Officer Shot on Duty in Brooklyn

Friday, July 05, 2013

A police officer was shot in the leg late Thursday night while patrolling a public housing development in East New York, Brooklyn.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said Officer Jamil Sarwar was following a suspect into the Cypress Hills development when he realized he had been wounded. He and his partner were responding to reports of a shooting shortly before 11 p.m.

Kelly said police believe the round of gunfire that hit Sarwar was unrelated to the shootout that had been reported earlier.

The commissioner said it is not clear whether the officer was targeted or if the shot was random. Police were questioning two people but no arrests have been made.

Sarwar is originally from Bangladesh and has been on the job less than 2 years. He is in stable condition at Jamaica Hospital, but the bullet remained in his leg.

"He's in reasonable spirits," Kelly said. "He's conscious. He's alert. His family is with him."

He is the sixth officer shot this year. The last fatal shooting of a member of the NYPD was in 2011.

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