New York City Police Officer Kevin Brennan is expected to survive after taking a gunshot wound to the head when a suspect shot him Tuesday night, according to police.
Brennan, 29, of New Hyde Park, is currently listed in critical but stable condition at Bellevue Hospital after doctors removed the bullet from the right side of the base of his skull, just behind his right ear according to NYPD chief surgeon Dr. Eli Kleinman.
According to a Newsday report:
The alleged shooter, Luis Ortiz, 21, of Brooklyn, was arrested Tuesday night at 390 Bushwick Ave. in the fifth-floor apartment of his uncle, a resident there. He had gone there to elude police after the shooting, authorities said. Charges were pending.
Ortiz is wanted in connection with a homicide on New Year's Day, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
Police said that Brennan and two other officers in plain clothes had responded to calls of shots being fired at the Bushwich Houses public housing project in Brooklyn, encountering three men – one of whom was Ortiz – running from the scene. Brennan followed Ortiz into an apartment building but the other officers had difficulty getting a door open that had closed behind him and found Brennan on the hallway floor when they entered.
Brennan has served as a member of the NYPD for the past six years. He is married to wife, Janet, with an infant daughter, Maeve, who was born six weeks ago.