An off-duty police officer shot a 19-year-old man who had fired into a Bronx park and then shot at the officer and another officer as they pursued him, the police said Saturday, according to the New York Times.
The two officers had just gotten off duty and were on their way home when, about 8 p.m. Friday, they spotted Javon Julien at East 191 Street and Creston Avenue in the Fordham neighborhood, the police said. Mr. Julien, who lives on 116th Avenue in Queens, was firing a pistol into St. James Park in the Bronx.
When the officers confronted Mr. Julien, he ran. As the officers were chasing him, he turned and fired his .25-caliber semiautomatic at them. One of the officers returned fire, hitting Mr. Julien in the torso several times, according to a police spokesman.
Mr. Julien was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, and was listed in stable condition. He was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, attempted assault on a police officer and possession of a weapon.
The police said that it was not known why Mr. Julien was firing into the park, and that no one in the park was hurt.
The gun was recovered from the scene. The names of the officers were not released.