There's no other way to put it -- NYPD officer Keven Brennan is a lucky man. The six-year department veteran was shot in the base of the skull at around 9 p.m. Tuesday night during a shootout with a seasoned thug in the tough Bushwick Houses, in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Miraculously, he's expected to make a full recovery.
Investigators say the plainclothes 29-year-old cop was part of an anti-crime team that responded to a report of shots fired. When the officers arrived, they approached a group of men running away from the location.
Officer Brennan, a six-year department veteran, ran after one of the suspects, identifited as Luis "Baby" Ortiz. He recognized Ortiz from a previous encounter, and chased him into the rear of the building at 370 Bushwick Avenue.
"This individual turned, fired one shot, striking Officer Brennan to the base of the skull," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "We believe Officer Brennan fired one shot in return. Like I said, the officer is in critical but stable condition."
During a news conference after the shooting, Commissioner Kelly held up a plastic cup containing the actual bullet that struck Officer Brennan in the skull.
After the shooting, police combed the crime scene, looking for Ortiz. They found him a few hours later hiding in his uncle's nearby apartment.
Police say he's already wanted for questioning in the second homicide of the year. The victim, 34-year-old Shannon McKinney, was killed last month in East Williamsburg.
Ortiz is now in custody and a handgun was recovered. Investigators believe he used it to shoot Officer Brennan, who is married and a proud father of a six-week-old daughter.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters, "There's no reason to think that her daddy won't be there to see her crawl for the first time and, in good time, dance for her wedding."
Police officials say Officer Brennan is expected to make a full recovery.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun