NYPD officer in stable condition after being shot in Brooklyn

Posted at 8:56 AM, Jul 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-05 09:20:22-04

A police officer was shot late Thursday night in the Cypress Hill Houses, according to the NYPD.

Officer Jamil Sarwar was shot in the right thigh just before 11pm. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.

According to the NYPD,  at around 10:45pm other police officers witnessed a man shoot at another person near Sutter Avenue. They pursued that shooter, but he got away. The incident was transmitted over their department radio and Sarwar and his partner responded.

The men, on foot patrol, heard another round of gun shots and they took cover in 365 Fountain Avenue. That’s when, according to police, Officer Sarwar, realized he had been shot in the thigh.

Police said they are investigating if the police were targeted. Shell casings were found on the roof of a building in the Cypress Hill Houses but Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said it was not yet clear if they were related to this incident.

Officer Jamil Sarwar has been a police officer for a year and a half. He is assigned to Brooklyn North Impact within the 75th precinct.  Officials said his injury is not life threatening.

As of early Friday morning, police said they did not have a description of a gunman and no arrests had been made.