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Police: At Least One Bullet Came From Suspect In Shooting That Wounded 2 NYPD Officers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Police sources late Sunday said at least one bullet came from the perpetrator in a shooting that left two NYPD officers wounded in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn a day earlier.

The shooting occurred early Saturday morning at Malcolm X Boulevard and Lexington Avenue following a wild pursuit.

Officer William Reddin was being treated at Kings County Hospital Center with a gunshot wound to the hip, while Officer Andrew Yurkiw was spared when a bullet struck his bulletproof vest, CBS2's Ilana Gold reported earlier. Yurkiw has been released from the hospital.

William Reddin, Andrew Yurkiw
NYPD officers William Reddin (left) and Andrew Yurkiw were wounded in a shooting in Brooklyn on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (Credit: via Facebook/Stony Brook University)

Suspect Jamal Funes, 34, was shot and is in critical condition at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, 1010 WINS' Roger Stern reported.

Jamal Funes
Jamal Funes is linked to the shooting of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (Credit: New York Department of Corrections)

"I heard like a million shots going off," one person told CBS2. "Woke me out of my sleep."

Police told CBS2 the problems began when the officers responded to shots fired. When Redding and Yurkiw approached Funes in a Nissan Maxima, he allegedly pointed a revolver at them and drove off.

CBS2 reports the officers called for backup and chased Funes through the streets. He then went the wrong direction and slammed head-on into a police cruiser.

The NYPD said that Reddin and Yurkiw, along with several backup officers, surrounded Funes' vehicle.

Thirty bullets were shot, as investigators told CBS2 that most were from police. The issue late Sunday was whether the officers were injured by friendly fire or the suspect's .357 revolver.

Police sources told CBS2 the bullet that hit Yurkiw in the vest was fired by Funes and matched his handgun. The bullet that hit Officer Reddin in the hip was fragmented, and it has not been determined where it came from.

"We'll attempt to identify where were the officers at the time of the incident. Were they vehicles, out of vehicles," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said. "The shooter was in the car throughout the whole incident."

"This incident certainly underscores the importance of the vests that we invest in for our police officers, and how we have to keep them safe in every way we can: giving them the best training, the best technology," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference Saturday morning. "And these officers pursued their work last night with vigor, with focus, these are very dedicated officers who were out there protecting us."

Funes is from New Jersey and was in the neighborhood to see a girlfriend on the night of the shooting, sources said. The initial shot fired by Funes before police began pursuing him was not fired at police, sources said.

Police said Funes is a career criminal, with 11 arrests in Illinois and a record in North Carolina.

Funes was convicted of assault in New York in 2007 and served prison time.

Funes suffers from bipolar disorder, sources said. He is not believed to be connected to terrorism.

The shooting comes about two weeks after officers Diara Cruz and Patrick Espeut were wounded on patrol in a public housing stairwell by a gunman who police said killed himself soon after. Last month, Officer Sherrod Stuart was wounded in the ankle as another officer exchanged gunfire with a suspect in a Bronx street brawl.

And in October, Officer Randolph Holder was shot and killed by a suspected bicycle thief he was chasing.

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