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Man In Custody In Connection With Shooting Of On-Duty Police Officer

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Police had in custody late Tuesday a man suspected of shooting an on-duty plainclothes police officer in the head by the Bushwick Houses in Brooklyn a few hours before.

Luis "Baby" Ortiz, 21, was in police custody shortly after 11:30 p.m. for allegedly shooting Police Officer Kevin Brennan, 29, a six-year veteran of the NYPD, in East Williamsburg.

At 9 p.m., Brennan and his two partners responded to a call of an armed man at 370 Bushwick Avenue, according to city officials.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the officers saw three people running, recognized Ortiz from previous arrests, and followed Ortiz to the rear of the building.

Police say Ortiz turned and fired one shot, hitting Brennan in the right base of the skull.

Brennan fired back once but by late Tuesday it was not clear if he hit the suspect.

Authorities say Ortiz was wanted for questioning in connection with a homicide that took place on New Year's Day.

Brennan was taken to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, where doctors successfully removed the bullet from his skull.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly visited Brennan in Bellevue shortly after the surgery late Tuesday, and the mayor said the officer was able to converse with them about his baby daughter.

"Tonight we have someone who have someone who has dedicated his life to protecting all of us, who has had a much too close brush with death," said Bloomberg.

"I want to join with the mayor in thanking the staff of Bellevue Hospital for doing a phenomenal job. It was really remarkable, the work that they did," said Kelly.

City officials said late Tuesday that Brennan was expected to recover from his injury.

Tuesday Night Press Conference By Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly


Note: This press conference at Bellevue Hospital took place around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, shortly before the suspect was in police custody.
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