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A masked gunman killed in a wild shootout with NYPD officers early Monday that started in a Brooklyn street-and ended up in a resident’s back yard by the dozens of rounds fired, authorities said.
Three uniformed police officers on patrol in the Brownsville neighborhood in an unmarked car saw the guy walk in on Howard and Dumont avenues around 2:30 a.m., the head of the Department Terence Monahan said in a press conference.
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“He had his face covered, walking on the street, which is kind of a suspect on a warm evening, so they went out and stopped him. He ran over right away,” Monahan said.
The NYPD released a photo of the police vehicle was hit by a bullet, and a semi-automatic handgun was recovered from the scene.
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When the officer got out of the car, and the other two turned at the corner of Howard Avenue and the man shot at the police vehicle, leaving a bullet hole in the front passenger’s seat-side door, the chief said. The police officer on the street and again fired it, but the man ran away.
About 30 minutes later, a Howard Avenue resident called police about a man who was trying to break into his house, and the garden to the rear. Uniformed officers entered the yard, but were pinned down when the man opened fire, Monahan said. The gunfire continued to be used as the back-up had arrived.
The officers returned fire and the man was eventually taken into custody.
The man, who was struck “many times” on the body, was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the chief said. No officers were injured.
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One officer fired nine rounds at the first meeting, on Howard Avenue, and the six other fired about 55 rounds in the back yard, Monahan told the crowd of reporters. Police were still counting the shells on the shooter’s firing.
Police said officers recovered a semi-automatic handgun from the scene, as well as a video of the encounter.