NYPD Queens Sergeant Recovering From Shootout
By LIZ GOFF
A plainclothes NYPD sergeant this week is recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered in an August 8 shootout on a Jamaica street corner.
Sgt. Craig Bier, 41, and another officer began chasing a suspect in heir vehicle as he walked along Union Hall Street in Jamaica on Wednesday night, police said.
When the suspect spotted the cops and started running away, Bier and another officer ran after him, and cornered him in an alleyway, police said.
The gunman suddenly turned and fired at the cops, striking Bier, who fell to the ground but was able to return fire, police said.
Fellow officers arrived at the scene minutes later and loaded Bier into a police car to take him to the hospital, police sources said.
“They grabbed him and threw him in an unmarked car,” eyewitnesses said. “They were yelling, “Get him to Jamaica Hospital,” the witness said.
After shooting Bier, the suspect ran down the same alleyway – followed by dozens of cops using a helicopter and an armored vehicle to search for him, police sources said.
Cops tracked the suspect and arrested him in the shooting a short while later.
Bier is the 10th NYPD officer to be wounded in the line of duty this year.