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Police shoot suspected car thief in Jamaica as he attempted to ram into NYPD van

Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes addresses the press following a police shooting in Jamaica, Queens on Jan. 24, 2021. (Screenshot from video courtesy of NYPD)

A suspected car thief is hospitalized in stable condition after police officers in Jamaica shot him in the chest as he allegedly attempted to ram them with the vehicle on Sunday night, it was reported.

Police officials said the suspect, and a 21-year-old male accomplice, initially stole the vehicle, a 2004 Acura, from in front of a home on 101st Avenue near 126th Street in South Richmond Hill at about 9:35 p.m. on Jan. 24.

The shooting occurred a short time later in Jamaica along 97th Street between Allendale and Liverpool Streets (Sean Bell Way), where officers from the 102nd Precinct had tracked the stolen Acura, according to Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes.

Police at the scene of the shooting at 97th Street and Allendale Street. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

The victim had told police he had left the keys, as well as his cellphone, inside the vehicle when it was stolen, Holmes reported. Officers were able to ascertain the Acura’s location in Jamaica by tracing the cellphone.

According to Holmes, the officers went to the Jamaica location (in the 103rd Precinct’s confines) and spotted the stolen Acura, with the two suspects sitting inside.

“As the officers exited their marked vehicle,” Holmes explained, “the suspects accelerated in reverse at a high rate of speed into a marked police van. One of the discharged his firearm and struck the 28-year-old man in the chest.”

The wounded suspect, who sat in the passenger’s seat, was brought to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition. The driver, a 21-year-old man, was taken into custody without further incident, police reported.

The stolen car is towed away. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

Charges against the two suspects are pending the results of the ongoing investigation, police sources said.

The two officers involved in the shooting were evaluated at a local hospital and released, Holmes added.

The case is also being examined by the NYPD Force Investigation Division.

Coincidentally, the shooting occurred near Liverpool Street, which was ceremonially renamed for Sean Bell, a victim of a police shooting in November 2006.

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