On Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 12:27 a.m. a team of one sergeant and two police officers assigned to the Brooklyn North Anti-Crime Team were conducting patrol in the confines of the 81 Precinct. The team noticed the suspect near the intersection of Marcus Garvey Blvd and Monroe Street. As the officers exited their vehicle to approach the suspect he fled in the opposite direction. Two uniformed officers assigned to foot patrol encountered the suspect as he ran towards them while he attempted to flee the Anti-Crime Team officers.
The suspect took out a firearm and fired in the direction of the foot patrol officers striking Officer John Hirschberger in his left thigh. Officers were able to return fire and the suspect was apprehended while attempting to flee again. A .38 caliber firearm (pictured) was also recovered.
Officer Hirschberger was taken to the hospital with a graze wound to his thigh. Join us in wishing him, as well as the other officers who were taken to the hospital, a speedy and full recovery.
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