A New York City police officer was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in Brooklyn late Wednesday night as he responded to an alert from a high-tech system that detects gunfire, the authorities said.
The shooting happened about 11:15 p.m. on Howard Avenue near the border of Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to the New York Police Department, which said that a male officer from the 81st Precinct had been dispatched to the area after a ShotSpotter alert had been received.
A male suspect opened fire and was taken into custody with unspecified injuries, the police said.
It was not immediately clear how many times the officer had been shot or where he had been struck. It was also unclear if the officer had exchanged gunfire with the suspect.
The shooting came amid a surge of gun violence in New York City, where at least five police officers have been shot since November.
That month, two officers investigating a domestic violence complaint in Queens were shot. One officer was hit in the thigh and the other was struck in both the hands. The officers returned fire and the gunman was killed, the police said.
On Christmas Eve in Brooklyn, a police officer responding to another call about domestic violence was shot in the back, but his vest stopped the bullet, police officials said. A 20-year-old man suspected of being the gunman was arrested.
In late January, a plainclothes police officer was shot in his lower back, just below his bullet proof vest, after confronting a gunman in the Bronx. The officer was hospitalized and the gunman was arrested.
In March, a police officer was hospitalized in stable condition after he was shot in the chest while responding to an armed confrontation at an apartment building in Brooklyn. The gunman was taken into custody.
Gun violence has been on the rise recently. As of May 9, there had been 451 shootings in 2021, compared with 242 by that point last year, an 86.4 percent increase, according to online figures from the Police Department.
On Saturday, three people were shot in Times Square, including a 4-year-old girl.
The New York Police Department has used ShotSpotter technology since 2015 to detect gunfire, according to the department’s website, which said that the system can pinpoint the sound of gunfire with real-time locations, even when no one calls 911.