Brooklyn Robbery Suspect Dodges 83 NYPD Bullets

| by Brendan Kelly

A Brooklyn robbery suspect was shot at by police 84 times during a wild street shootout, but was only hit by one bullet. 

On Friday Jerrol Harris, 27, was arrested after being struck in the calf by one of the 84 bullets fired at him during a shootout following a several-block long chase through Bushwick.

The running shootout ended when police blocked his escape route with their car while Harris unloaded a stolen .45 caliber pistol on two cops. 

NYPD Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis said, "He fired at them, and they fired back. That's when he was hit."

According to a witness, when Harris was finally hit, he collapsed to the ground. 

The pursuit began when Harris shot a man during an attempted robbery. 

Leon Faison, 52, was packing his SUV for a family trip when he opened the rear hatch of the car to find Harris trying to steal items packed inside. Harris then shot Faison in the arm and ran off. 

Faison chased after him and found two cops, to whom he explained what happened and gave a description of the suspect, specifically his bright red pants. 

Cops found Harris about eight blocks from the scene. He spotted them as well, so he hid behind a car and started firing at them. 

Four police officers fired 52 shots at Harris before he fired another shot into an unmarked police car, got up, and continued running. 

Two officers, Wanda Crooks and Alem-Tsehay Clarke, were waiting for Harris, blocking off the street so he couldn't escape. They each emptied their 16-shot weapons, with one shot finally hitting Harris. 

The suspect is in stable condition. 

Davis said that the officers responded properly, despite the amount of shots fired. 

“You have a running gun battle here," Davis said. "There are a lot of cops involved and it takes places in several different locations. It’s not as if everything was stationary."

Harris has a record that includes four robbery arrests from 2003 to 2006 and separate arrests for gun and drug possession. 

For the shootout, Harris has been charged with four counts attempted murder of a police officer, attempted murder and assault of Faison, weapon possession, menacing officers, reckless endangerment, and criminal use of a firearm.

Sources: NY Daily News, Newsday

Photo Credit: NY Daily News