Breaking news from New York City states that a plainclothes NYPD officer has been rushed to the hospital in critical condition after a suspect shot him in the head and chest. Reportedly on duty at the time of the shooting in the Queens Village section of the city, the 6:15pm est event has authorities initiating a massive effort to apprehend the suspect.
Although the officer was hit three times, one of them a head injury, Jamaica Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery states his injuries are not life-threatening.
After a 90 minute manhunt and assistance from bystanders, police arrested Demetrius Blackwell, 35, near the crime scene. Blackwell was charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Sad news tonight out of Queens where a NYPD cop was critically wounded after being shot in head. Photo: Peter Gerber pic.twitter.com/tAaBYdwNWy
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) May 2, 2015
— NY1 News (@NY1) May 3, 2015
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
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