NYPD detectives fire 4 rounds attempting to apprehend teen suspect, Middletown police say
Authorities in Orange County say NYPD detectives on a case in Middletown fired four rounds from their service weapons at a teenage suspect with a gun.
Middletown police say two on-duty NYPD detectives from the Brooklyn South Violent Felony Warrants Squad alerted the department that they were conducting surveillance of a house on Knapp Avenue for a 17-year-old resident wanted in connection to a shooting in New York City in July.
They say the teen left the house around 7 p.m. and flashed a handgun at approaching detectives who then fired four rounds from their service weapons.
Several neighbors heard the commotion.
“I heard shots. I heard pop, pop, pop, pop,” says Andrew Antona.
Another resident tells News 12 she was getting her mail when at the time of the gunfire.
“I was outside getting my package,” Wanda Vega says. “I saw two men running down Knapp Avenue. One of them said, ‘He has a gun!’”
Authorities say bullets hit two houses: a vacant house on Chestnut Street and the suspect’s residence. Authorities say they found a tossed ghost gun in a backyard a block away on Bonnell Place.
“I thought it was firecrackers. I didn’t even know until he said ‘gun’ that it was somebody shooting,” Vega says.
Authorities say alert neighbors called 911 and that the suspect was found within four minutes by Middletown police on nearby Lake Avenue.
A neighbor took a picture of the law enforcement response, which they say brought about 15 cars from different agencies to the area.
Middletown police say the teen was not hurt and neither was anyone else.
“I’m just glad everyone around us is OK,” says Amber Baccaglini.
Police say the tossed firearm they found had no serial number and was unregistered. The teen, whose name is not being released due to their age, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon as an adolescent. Authorities say more charges from the summer shooting could be pending with the NYPD.
Middletown police and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the shooting. They say the case will be presented by prosecutors to a grand jury by law to determine if the shooting was justified since it involved police.
News 12 reached out the NYPD for comment but has not received a response.