Shots Fired at NYPD Officers

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
July 20, 2016 Updated: July 20, 2016

NEW YORK —New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says shots being fired at someone else missed two nearby police officers in Brooklyn.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association initially said four males drove past the officers Tuesday night and fired before fleeing.

Bratton said Wednesday that investigators reviewed video and determined that someone else was the intended target.

The department has taken extra precautions since the recent killings of police officers in Dallas and other places.

On Wednesday, the Sergeants Benevolent Association issued a statement, saying: “Although the media is reporting the police were not the intended targets, we have strong information and reason to believe that they were. We are confirming all information posted here and truly hope that our posting is inaccurate.”

The incident took place in the 70th precinct at the corner of Ditmas avenue and East 23rd St. The Sergeants Benevolent Association said a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows approached NYPD officers in uniform, and there was a “statement about getting them” and the people inside the car “proceeded to fire shots at the officers,” according to the association. The car was occupied by four black males, who fled the scene, and vehicle was subsequently dumped elsewhere, the association said. 

Epoch Times contributed to this report, adding quotes from Sergeants Benevolent Association.