Updated 11/01/2009 11:26 AM
Police-Involved Shooting Under Investigation
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Police were investigating Saturday a shooting involving an off-duty police officer in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
It happened just after midnight at 170th Street and Fort Washington Avenue.
Police say the off-duty policeman was walking down the street when he got into an argument with five men aged 16 to 20 years old.
The officer called 911, and while waiting for police to arrive, authorities say a fight started and the officer was pinned against a parked car.
According to police, the officer identified himself, drew his weapon and fired one shot, hitting one suspect in the groin.
"I heard a loud noise and a large commotion and people running. Then police cars soon thereafter," said one neighborhood resident.
The suspect was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.
The officer was treated for a cut on the back of his head.
Residents say the victim was a familiar face on the corner of Fort
Washington and 170th Street, a popular hangout for young men in the neighborhood.
"The kids who hang out on that corner don't usually bother anyone. It kinda surprises me that his would happen on this corner if anything," said one resident.
Four suspects were in custody as of Saturday evening and were awaiting charges.