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Two Officers Survive Queens Subway Shooting

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Two police officers were shot late yesterday afternoon with one of their own guns as they tried to arrest a man for trying to use a student metrocard at the 21st Street Queensbridge F station in Long Island City. Officers Shane Farina and Jason Maass are expected to fully recover. Farina was in stable condition after surgery. Maass is expected to be released later today.

Raul Nunez allegedly grabbed one of the plain-clothes officer's guns during a struggle and fired at them several times before being shot four times by a lieutenant as he attempted to flee the station.

Mayor Bloomberg says despite the incident, crime in the subways is still very low.

BLOOMBERG: Sadly there are things that do occur, and this could've been so much worse. In some senses these officers are lucky, unlucky that they got shot but lucky they will both recover fully.

REPORTER: The Queens District Attorney says Nunez, also hospitalized in stable condition, will be charged with attempted murder of an officer, and if convicted will face 25 years to life in prison.

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