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Arrest Made In Brooklyn Cop Shooting

Police have arrested a man wanted for shooting an officer in the head in front of a Brooklyn housing development Tuesday, according to officials.

Hundreds of police officers swarmed the Bushwick Houses the night of the shooting, hunting for the suspect, 21-year-old Luis Ortiz. Fifteen hours later they arrested Ortiz in his hideout, a nearby Bushwick Ave. apartment, according to police.

Ortiz now faces charges of attempted murder of a police officer, assault on a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

The shooting occurred around 9 p.m. Tuesday night after two borough anti-crime officers responding to a call of shots fired. NYPD officers Kevin Brennan, 29, and his partner, spotted a man carrying a gun outside of the Bushwick Houses at 370 Bushwick Ave. The officers gave chase, with Brennan in the lead.

Hoever, after following the suspect into an enclosed area behind the complex, Ortiz suddenly wheeled and fired, striking Brennan in the base of the skull, police said. Brennan is believed to have fired one shot in return, missing Ortiz, Police Commissioner Kelly revealed Tuesday.

Officer Brennan was alive and conscious when he was transported to Bellevue hospital in stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to officials.

Doctors at Bellevue operated on Brennan Tuesday night to remove the bullet that was lodged at the base of his skull, Kelly said at a press conference at Bellevue Hospital.

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