CRIME
09/06/2015 11:43 am ET Updated Sep 08, 2015

NYPD Officers Fire 84 Shots At Suspect, Miss 83 Times

"I couldn't believe how long it was going on."

An attempted murder suspect who fired at New York police was apprehended only after police engaged him in a gun fight, firing a barrage of bullets. 

Of the 84 total shots cops fired, one struck the suspect.

Early Friday morning, 27-year-old Jerrol Harris ran from police after allegedly robbing a Brooklyn man, then shooting the victim in the arm as he fled, according to multiple news reports.

When police identified Harris, the suspect immediately began to fire on the cops, police said.

27-year-old Jerrol Harris is suspected of shooting a man in the arm and firing at police.
Credit: NYPD
27-year-old Jerrol Harris is suspected of shooting a man in the arm and firing at police.

"He fired at them, and they fired back," NYPD Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis told the New York Daily News. "That’s when he was hit."

The incident took place in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn at about 1:15 a.m., starting when 52-year-old Leon Faison discovered Harris inside his car attempting to steal items, ABC 7 reported. Harris then shot Faison in the arm before running off, according to police. 

Despite being wounded, Faison managed to alert police on the street, who found Harris a short time later, after he allegedly fired at them with his black .40-caliber Taurus Millennium pistol, according to the New York Times.

Police recovered a .40-caliber Taurus Millennium pistol. 
Credit: DCPI
Police recovered a .40-caliber Taurus Millennium pistol. 

Davis told the NYDN that four officers fired back, letting off 52 rounds, all which missed. A bullet from Harris' gun managed to hit an unmarked police car, Davis said.

The suspect then took off before being spotted by officers Wanda Crooks and Alem-Tsehay Clarke. The cops each fired 16 rounds at the suspect, with one of the bullets striking Harris in the calf and bringing him down.

"I couldn't believe how long it was going on," a resident told ABC 7. "It just kept coming and kept coming and I was like, 'is this really happening?'"

The suspect has 12 prior arrests, including four robbery arrests and a gun possession arrest.

Harris now faces several counts of first-degree and second-degree attempted murder, among other felony charges.

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