A veteran NYPD cop is recovering and in stable condition after being shot in both legs last night — the tenth officer shot this year.
Sergeant Craig Bier, who is a member of the anti-gang unit, was in Jamaica last night and attempted to stop an individual on a bike who then fled on foot.
Brier and his partner, Detective Nick Romano, chased the suspect who ran into an alley. Brier cut off the suspect’s escape route and they exchanged fire. Brier, 44, was hit in both legs. The suspect was hit once.
A fellow officer applied pressure to the wounds and Brier was taken to Jamaica Hospital.
After a search, a suspect was taken into custody.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly visited the 15-year veteran in the hospital last night.
“Another night, and another shooting of one of our Finest,” Bloomberg said. “Thank God Sergeant Bier’s injuries are non-life threatening. He is alert and in remarkably good spirits.”
Brier has been awarded a total of 65 medals, 14 for meritorious police duty, the commissioner said.
“This is the type of officer the public should thank God they have working for the New York City Police Department,” Kelly said.