Queens Cop Shoots Gun-Toting Suspect
A Queens police sergeant assigned to a Borough Anti-Crime Unit shot a 24-year-old suspect in the legs on December 8 after the man aimed a .38-caliber revolver at him and two other plainclothes officers, police said.
Police sources said the cops first spotted Wayne Bolton in a vehicle near the Queens Center Mall in Elmhurst acting suspiciously at about 9 p.m.
When the cops approached Bolton to question his actions, he jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot, the sources said.
The cops followed Bolton in their unmarked car and caught up with him outside the Lefrak City parking garage at 59th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, the sources said.
The three cops ran from their car and followed Bolton into the garage, where one officer caught up with him on the second floor.
When the sergeant and the third officer arrived at the scene seconds later, the three cops identified themselves as police and told Bolton they wanted to question him.
Bolton spun around and aimed the loaded revolver at the cops, police said.
When Bolton failed to respond to the cops’ shouts for him to drop the gun, the sergeant pulled his service weapon and fired twice, striking Bolton once in each leg, sources said.
Bolton was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he is listed in stable condition. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and miscellaneous drug charges.
Police recovered the loaded .38-caliber revolver from Bolton at the scene. The incident remains under investigation, police officials said.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said on December 8 that NYPD officers fired approximately 518 on-duty shots in 2006, including those fired at Bolton.
Kelly also said cops fired 100 fewer shots in 2006 than they did in the same period in 2005. The Police Department investigated 31 police shootings this year in which individuals were injured or killed, the sources said.
Bolton is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges he faces this week.