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NYPD Officer Shot Twice During Shootout With Teen

NYPD Officer Shot Twice During Shootout With Teen

Raymond Kelly shows gun used in shooting of Officer Richard Ramirez as Mayor Bloomberg looks on. [AP]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

October 18, 2010

BROOKLYN – An NYPD cop was shot twice in the leg Sunday night while pursuing a teenager who whirled and fired after running into a dead-end stairwell in Brooklyn, cops said.

Police Officer Richard Ramirez, 29, may also have been struck in his bullet-resistant vest after he cornered Elijah Foster-Bay, 17, inside an East New York building about 8 p.m., cops said.

“Thank God it wasn’t anything more serious,” Mayor Bloomberg said at a news conference Sunday night at Kings County Hospital, where the wounded officer was in stable condition.

Ramirez and two other plainclothes cops from the 75th Precinct were patrolling in an unmarked car when they spotted Foster-Bay riding a bike on a sidewalk.

They got out to question him. “When he saw the officers, he immediately threw down the bike and ran,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Foster-Bay, who lives in Port Washington, L.I., but is from East New York and has an uncle there, ran into a building on Bradford St.

The cops chased after him, suspecting he had a weapon, police officials said. Foster-Bay ran up the stairs but was trapped when he could not open a door leading to the roof.

“He turned and fired on one of the officers,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne.

Ramirez and one other cop returned fire, squeezing off a total of 11 rounds, police said. Foster-Bay’s revolver held seven bullets. Only one was left inside after the shooting, cops said.

Ramirez, who has five years on the force, suffered damage to his femoral artery and vein and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. “His wounds certainly could have been fatal,” Kelly said.

Foster-Bay suffered two gunshot wounds in one leg, but one of the wounds may have been an exit wound. He was in custody and was taken to Brookdale University Hospital for treatment.

Foster-Bay’s uncle Willie Stafford said he doesn’t know why his nephew went out earlier in the night. Stafford had been out and said that he became worried when he came home, the bike was gone and Foster-Bay was not answering his cell phone.

“This is my worst nightmare. I don’t know why he comes around here,” Stafford said. “There’s nothing but unemployment. No education, nothing good in this neighborhood.”

The 75th Precinct, which encompasses East New York, is one of the busiest commands in the NYPD, and for much of the year has hovered near the top in the major crime categories.

For the first nine months of the year, cops in the 75th Precinct investigated 23 homicides – the most in the city at that point.

  • 063_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I can hear it now...He was a good kid, just got in with the wrong crowd, he was just now trying to turn his life when this cop just came along and shot him. He didn't have to shoot him. He's just a 17 year old kid.....BULLSHIT! I hope you will be in prison for a very long time for this stunt punk. And by the way, 17 years old? You will look like Marilyn Monroe when you walk into the big house.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Prayers for a full and speedy recovery to Officer Ramirez. To bad the teen didnt get some more lead.

  • 70748_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Praying for a speedy and full recovery. Happy the POS got hit, too bad it wasn't more than one or two.

  • Me_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This Teen is no better then the rest of the criminals out there in the world so he need to fry right along with all the rest of the idiots out here on the streets that assult an Officer in any form or Fashion.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago

    The 7-5 is one of the busiest commands alright: East New York in Brooklyn has always been, and still is a real rough neigborhood... Anti-Crime details here will make more collars than most other commands in the Boro.
    Glad the young punk got some lead. Best wishes to the MOS.
    Get well soon Brother.

  • 1979_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Prayers for a speedy and complete recovery Officer. Too bad the teen was not killed right there to insure he would never do it again and remove his sorry a$$ from the gene pool. We all know it but it needs to be reminded that a kid, male or female, or an old lady or man can kill you just as dead and just as quick as a 25 yr old professional mercenary can. Watch your 6 and in this case your 12 at all times.

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