Officer shot in Bushwick
by Heather Senison
Feb 10, 2012 | 1255 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police Officer Kevin Brennan was shot in the head on the night of Tuesday, January 31, when he and fellow officers responded to a call of shots fired at the Bushwick Houses development in Brooklyn.

When three patrol officers responded to a call in the vicinity of 140 Moore Street at roughly 9 p.m., they encountered three individuals running from a building, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Upon pursuit, one individual, whom the officers knew from past encounters, ran into the rear of 370 Bushwick Avenue. He turned and fired a shot, hitting Brennan in the head.

“It's unknown whether the suspect was hit,” Kelly said.

Luis “Baby” Ortiz, 21, of 383 Hewes Street in Brooklyn was arrested in regards to the shooting and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assault on a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

He was wanted for questioning with regards to an incident in January.

Brennan, 29, was taken to Bellevue Hospital where a doctor removed a bullet from the right base of his skull. He is listed in critical but stable condition, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on the night of the shooting.

Brennan joined the police force in July of 2005 and has since won several awards and commendations for his service.

“Just six weeks ago, he and his wife Janet welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Maeve into the world,” Bloomberg said. “And thankfully, tonight I think there's no reason to think her daddy won't be there to see her crawl for the first time – and in good time, dance at her wedding.”

Bloomberg said that since Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were killed in 1968, “there have been more than 400,000 people killed with illegal guns here in America, more than the number of Americans that were killed in World War II.”

Although Brennan survived his shooting, Bloomberg said the city needs to fight harder against gun violence.

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