Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Brooklyn, New York

From Brooklyn’s Canarsie Courier of March 24, 2005
Suspect Wounded in Robbery Shootout

In what some police officers described as a shootout that “looked like it was a movie,” a suspected gunman who allegedly took part in an attempted home invasion robbery last Monday was shot four times by his intended victim, police from the 69th Precinct said. The victim’s name was not re-leased.

The suspect, Negus Martin, 21, of Brooklyn Avenue, and another man, had apparently followed the victim as he entered his home on Flatlands Avenue near Rockaway Parkway at about 7:45 p.m. on March 21 and, wielding handguns, forced their way inside, also menacing his wife.

As they forced the man and his wife to go to the basement, the victim’s wife distracted Martin, police said, giving the victim a chance to swing around, grab the gun from Martin’s hand and force both suspects back to the front door.

As the second man aimed his weapon in his direction, the victim drew his own licensed 9mm handgun and fired, wounding Martin, who fell to the outside steps of the house. The second suspect aimed his gun at the victim again while helping Martin to his feet and the victim fired “several more shots” at the two suspects, who fled in a waiting car, according to police. Neither the victim nor his wife was wounded in the shootout.

Less than an hour later, Martin walked into Kings County Hospital with four gunshot wounds to his chest and arms.

Hospital authorities immediately called police and local detectives interrogated the suspect. He was later positively identified by the victim, police said. They are still searching for the second suspect and ask that anyone with information call the local detective squad at (718) 257-6215.

According to local authorities, there were no charges filed against the victim who shot Martin.

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