A New York Police Department (NYPD) captain was disciplined for allegedly failing to show up at the hospital following a shoot-out in which two officers were injured.
Capt. Scott Forster, 31, of Staten Island was working in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, on Feb. 20 when the two officers, William Reddin and Andrew Yurkiw, were wounded in a shoot-out with a gunman less than three miles away in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to NY Daily News.
The shooting occurred around 3:20 a.m., about 40 minutes before the end of Forster's shift at 4:00 a.m.
Both officers were taken to King's County Hospital in Brooklyn.
Instead of heading to the hospital to help arrange visits for the injured officers' families, Forster decided to go home when his shift ended.
"People told him what was going on and he said, 'I'm off duty in a few minutes,'" a police source told NY Daily News.
As the second in command in the precinct, Forster was expected to go to the hospital to help set aside rooms for the officers' families and accommodate city leaders as they arrived.
"If you’re an executive officer who is on duty when two cops are shot and are being brought to a hospital in your command, you go," a high-ranking police source told NY Daily News. "He had to have rocks in his head not to go."
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio were reportedly among those who visited Reddin and Yurkiw in the hospital following the shooting.
To make matters worse for himself, Forster called in sick later that day when a superior officer in the department contacted him to ask why he didn't go to the hospital. He claimed to be suffering from stomach pains and diarrhea, according to NY Daily News.
Forster was placed on modified assignment and may be demoted to lieutenant over his actions. The department's Internal Affairs is currently investigating the accusations against him.
The officer, who served four years in the U.S. Army, was promoted to probationary captain in June 2015.
Reddin and Yurkiw have both been released from the hospital.
Yurkiw, who was shot in the chest by the gunman while wearing a bulletproof vest, was released soon after being admitted. Reddin, who was shot in the hip when a bullet fired at the gunman ricocheted, was released on Feb. 23.
The gunman, 33-year-old Frederick Funes, engaged in the shoot-out with officers after a police chase that ended with him crashing into a squad car.
Funes is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, assaulting an officer, criminal possession of a weapon, and reckless endangerment, according to another NY Daily News article.
The man reportedly has a long criminal record dating back 20 years and spanning three different states.
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