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Brooklyn Man Charged in Shooting of Police Officer

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A Brooklyn man who allegedly shot a NYPD officer faces attempted murder charges after police officer was injured in a shooting in Brooklyn early Sunday morning.

Naim Owens, 22, is also charged with assaulting a police officer, criminal weapons possession and reckless endangerment.

Police say the altercation began around 2:30 a.m. near Gates Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard.

According to police, one sergeant and two officers were on duty in plain clothes and an unmarked car when they saw a man adjusting his waistband. They say the sergeant and one officer approached the suspect, and he fled in the opposite direction.

Police say as the suspect was running, he encountered two officers on foot patrol. The suspect then allegedly shot officer John Hirschberger in the left thigh with a 38-caliber gun.

Commissioner Bill Bratton tweeted a photo of him with Officer John Hirschberger.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton later paid Hirschberger a visit.

The officer has been on the job for less than a year.

Investigators say the suspect was also shot in the torso. He is in critical but stable condition.

Both men were taken to Kings County Hospital. The officer has since been released.

The suspect remains at Kings County Hospital where police say he is under arrest with charges pending.

Two other officers who were nearby also responded to the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

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