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The Bobster
02-20-2016, 10:03 AM
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Two NYPD cops shot in Brooklyn
By Larry Celona, Shawn Cohen and Kathianne Boniello
February 20, 2016 | 5:35am | Updated

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Aftermath of the car chase in Brooklyn between two cops and suspect Jamaal Funes. Photo: John Roca


Two Brooklyn cops were shot early Saturday in a wild standoff with a man who led them on a car chase before ramming a marked patrol vehicle head-on, sources said.

Police Officer William Reddin was struck in the hip and Police Officer Andrew Yurkiw was hit in his vest at point-blank range, sources told The Post.

Reddin underwent surgery at Kings County Hospital and was in stable condition. His partner was released after treatment for a blunt-force injury, sources said.

The suspect, 34-year-old Jamal Funes of New Jersey, was shot “numerous” times and is in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital, NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton said.

The cops spotted Funes with a gun inside his car. When they tried to pull him over he took off, sources said.

As he sped through Bedford-Stuyvesant, Funes shot at the cops from his vehicle, sources said. The officers, part of a plainclothes anti-crime unit working out of the 81st Precinct, called for backup.

Funes drove the wrong way on Lexington Avenue and slammed in to the officers’ marked patrol car.

By then, backup had arrived. Funes faced off against eight cops at the intersection of Lexington and Malcolm X Boulevard.

During the gun battle with the suspect, Reddin was struck in the hip, just below his bulletproof vest. Yurkiw was saved from death when a bullet hit his vest.

Funes stayed inside his car throughout the bloody shootout, said Bratton.

When it was over, cops recovered a .357-caliber handgun from the front seat of Funes’ car, along with five spent shell casings, the commissioner added.

The cops are “alert and talkative, and it was so good to see them in such good shape despite everything they’d been through,” said Mayor de Blasio. He called them “very dedicated officers.”

Redding, a nine-year veteran, is a married father of two with another child on the way, while Yurkiw has three years on the force, said de Blasio. The mayor did not identify the officers by name.

“This morning’s a reminder of the important and dangerous and crucial work that police officers do, and the way they put their lives on the line every single day,” de Blasio said.

Authorities are still piecing together Funes’ background and what might have prompted him to shoot at the cops, Bratton said.

“His history is what might have prompted him” to do this, the commissioner said.

Funes, who also goes by the name Fredrick, has at least 15 prior arrests on his record. His rap sheet includes a 2007 arrest for assaulting an NYPD cop and trying to take the officer’s gun, sources said. He served three years in prison on those charges.

In 2006, Funes was charged with assault in the second-degree for striking a child with a belt and was on probation for a year. And in 2002, he was charged with assault for punching a girl in the face.

Funes’s record also record includes 11 arrests in Illinois between 1996 and 2000. The details of those arrests was not known. At the time, Funes lived in a Chicago.

All of the shots fired during the Brooklyn shootout were captured on the NYPD’s ShotSpotter, a high-tech gunshot detection system, Bratton added.

It’s the second time this month that NYPD officers were shot in the line of duty.

On Feb. 4 Officers Diara Cruz and Patrick Espeut were shot at point-blank range in the stairwell of a Bronx housing project while on a vertical patrol.

Suspect Malik Chavis shot at the cops after they asked him for identification. He killed himself a few minutes later.

The Bobster
02-20-2016, 04:39 PM
http://nypost.com/2016/02/20/two-cops-shot-in-brooklyn/

Friendly fire may be to blame in Brooklyn cop shootout
By Larry Celona, Shawn Cohen and Khristina Narizhnaya
February 20, 2016 | 5:35am | Updated

Friendly fire may have wounded two Brooklyn police officers during a wild shootout with a cop-hating, self-radicalized Muslim career criminal in Bedford-Stuyvesant early Saturday, police sources told The Post.

“It’s quite possible both officers were struck by bullets from other officers, and possibly deflected bullets” in the crossfire, said NYPD Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis.

Police are waiting for ballistics testing to prove who fired the shots that hit the officers. Officer William Reddin was hit in the hip, possibly by bullet fragments. His partner, Andrew Yurkiw, was struck by a bullet that deflected off of a car and hit him square in the chest, sources said.

Yurkiw was saved by his bullet-proof vest. Reddin underwent surgery at Kings County Hospital and was in stable condition.

The incident began when career criminal Jamal Funes, whose criminal record stretches 17 years across three states, stopped his car at traffic light on Malcolm X Boulevard and Quincy Street.

There was an MTA worker, in his transit uniform, in his car waiting at the same light.

The MTA employee looked over to see Funes pointing a silver gun at him, sources said. The chilling moment sent the MTA officer fleeing.

Police believe Funes mistook the MTA worker for a police officer.

At the same moment, a pair of housing police officers heard a gun shot, and ran over to investigate.

Funes aimed his weapon at the housing officers — but didn’t fire.

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Jamal Funes


Funes “has been self-radicalized in the last couple of months or so,” said a source.

He fled, and the housing cops jumped in their car to chase him. They called for backup along the way, sources said.

Reddin and Yurkiw, part of a plainclothes anti-crime unit working out of the 81st Precinct, joined the pursuit. They followed Funes as he drove the wrong way down Lexington Avenue and slammed into a marked patrol car.

Surrounded, Funes faced off against eight cops at the intersection of Lexington and Malcolm X Boulevard. Bullets flew both ways, with at least six officers firing their weapons.

More than 50 shots were fired, two of which hit Reddin and Yurkiw, who had both gotten out of their police vehicle.

“When officers show up, they’re in the middle of a combat situation and have to make split second decisions whether to shoot,” said a source, who called the incident “a moving, running gun battle.”

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Andrew Yurkiw
Photo: Stony Brook Athletics


Several dozen shell fragments were found at the scene. The 34-year-old Funes, who stayed inside his car throughout the bloody shootout, was shot “numerous” times and was hospitalized in critical condition, said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.

The frightening incident had people cowering in their homes.

“There were many shots. Very close. People screamed, ‘Lay down!’ ‘Watch out!’ I was very scared, trying to hide deep inside the apartment. I tried not to be close to the window,” said Hanna Sander, 23.

Another resident said, “We felt like we were in Baghdad.”

Joe Martinez, a 36-year-old waiter, initially thought the shots were fireworks.

“I look out of the window and there are cops everywhere. It looked like 30 cops. The guy was on the floor. At first it looked like they were on him, but when the ambulance arrived I realized that they were trying to resuscitate him. It was crazy, definitely scary. We tried to sleep after that. But how can you sleep after that?” Martinez said.

When it was over, cops recovered a .357-caliber handgun from the front seat of Funes’ car, along with five spent shell casings, Bratton added.

Reddin, a nine-year veteran, is a married father of two with another child on the way. Yurkiw has three years on the force.

The cops were “alert and talkative” in the hospital, said Mayor de Blasio.

“It was so good to see them in such good shape despite everything they’d been through,” the mayor said, calling them “very dedicated officers.”

“This morning is a reminder of the important and dangerous and crucial work that police officers do, and the way they put their lives on the line every single day,” de Blasio said.

Funes has at least 22 arrests in New York, Illinois, and North Carolina for assault, burglary, weapons possession, theft, battery and trespassing. He has been in and out of jail since 1999, records show.

His rap sheet includes a 2007 arrest for assaulting an NYPD cop and trying to take the officer’s gun, sources said. He served three years in prison on those charges.

In 2006, Funes was charged with second degree assault for striking a child with a belt, and spent a year on probation for a year. And in 2002, he was charged with assault for punching a girl in the face.

Funes’s record also record includes 11 arrests in Illinois between 1996 and 2000. The details of those arrests was not known. At the time, Funes lived in a Chicago.

All of the shots fired during the Brooklyn shootout were captured on the NYPD’s ShotSpotter, a high-tech gunshot detection system, Bratton said.

It’s the second time this month that NYPD officers were shot in the line of duty, and the second friendly fire incident in 2016.

On Feb. 4 Officers Diara Cruz and Patrick Espeut were shot at point-blank range in the stairwell of a Bronx housing project while on a vertical patrol.

Suspect Malik Chavis shot at the cops after they asked him for identification. He killed himself a few minutes later.

In January Officer Sherrod Stuart was hit in the ankle after gunfire broke out in the Bronx as police tried to break up a huge party that had turned violent at an illegal nightclub. Stuart was believed to have been hit by a fellow officer’s bullet.

Yurkiw’s father, veteran officer Paul Yurkiw, was also saved by a bulletproof vest. In 1989, he was shot at close range by a drug dealer on the Van Wyck Expressway.

Lady Luck is by Reddin’s side as well. It’s the second time the officer has dodged death, in nearly the same spot.

In 2011, just blocks from Saturday’s incident, Reddin, a nine-year NYPD veteran, helped subdue a suspect who tried to kill his partner at the time, Sgt. Michael Miller. Miller survived by jamming his ring finger underneath the hammer of the would-be killer’s gun.

The Bobster
03-24-2016, 03:57 PM
http://nypost.com/2016/03/24/radical-islamist-charged-with-shooting-two-nypd-cops/

Radical Islamist charged with shooting two NYPD cops
By Emily Saul
March 24, 2016 | 5:14pm

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Clockwise left to right: Frederick Funes, Officer Andrew Yurkiw, and Officer William Reddin. Photo: AP, Stony Brook Athletics, Riyad Hasan


A Brooklyn man accused of shooting and wounding two cops in the name of radical Islam was indicted Thursday for first degree attempted murder of a police officer, attempted aggravated murder, and a slew of other charges.

Frederick “Jamaal” Funes, 34, faces 50 years to life in prison after ​opening fire on officers Andrew Yurkiw and William Reddin during an early morning pursuit on Feb. 20, after they responded to reports of shots fired around Bed-Stuy and Bushwick.

When the officers arrived around 3:20 a.m., Funes was driving recklessly — at one point speeding the wrong way down a one way seat.

As he sped away, Funes pointed a silver gun at various people he passed — including two uniformed officers and an MTA worker.

He eventually t-boned into a marked police car, and then opened fire on surrounding officers, who shot back.

Yurkiw was shot in the chest, but was saved by his bulletproof vest. Reddin was hit in the lower back, and required surgery.

NYPD Capt. Scott Forster was later stripped of his badge and gun after he went home instead of reporting to the hospital, as ordered, to support the officers and their families.

Forster is being investigated for gross negligence, police sources have said.

Funes, who was hit by multiple rounds during the shootout, has spent the last month hospitalized and recovering from his injuries. He became radicalized during a stint in an out-of-state prison, according to sources.

The radical was held without bail on the 37​-​count indictment, and will return to court June 2.