A New York City police officer shot and wounded a man during a scuffle Friday morning that occurred as the officer tried to arrest the man for allegedly smashing the windows of a patrol car parked in front of a Brooklyn precinct house.Police identified the suspect as Anthony Pearson, 35, and said he had an record of arrests in California, Maine and South Carolina.
He was taken to Lutheran Medical Center to be treated for what police described as a “non-life threatening” gunshot wound.The police officer, who was not immediately identified, was treated at Coney Island Hospital for his injuries.
A civilian worker at police barracks on Brighton 3rd Street near Shore Parkway in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood heard the sound of breaking glass outside at around 5 a.m. Friday morning, police said. When the worker investigated, he saw a Pearson allegedly using a brick to break the windshield and driver’s side window of a marked police cruiser, police said.
The worker notified a police officer in the unit who confronted Pearson. A struggle followed, police said, during which the officer received injuries to his hand and head. The officer fired two shots during that fight — and one bullet struck Pearson in the left shoulder, according to police.
According to police, Pearson was released last month from a jail in South Carolina where he had been locked up for breaking the windows of a jail in Manning, S.C. In that incident, police said, Pearson also threw a brick through the window of a police cruiser.Pearson is expected to be charged with assault and vandalism, among other charges.