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4 NYPD Officers Shot In Hostage Stand-off

April 09, 2012  | 

A sawed-off assault rifle lays next to a children's toy after a suspect's gunfight with officers. Photo: NYPD
A sawed-off assault rifle lays next to a children's toy after a suspect's gunfight with officers. Photo: NYPD

Four NYPD officers were wounded in a Sunday gunfight in Brooklyn with an ex-con, after he held hostage his pregnant girlfriend and their infant son.

Three of the officers were shot in the leg, and one was grazed in the face. None of the four were seriously hurt.

The incident began Saturday evening, after Nakwon Foxworth, 33, threatened employees of a moving company with a gun outside his sixth-story apartment on Nostrand Avenue. One of the employees called 911 and told dispatchers, "He's got a gun. He's got a gun."

Foxworth forced the movers back to their truck and headed into his apartment with the woman and four-month-old child. Anti-Crime Unit officers from the 61st Precinct responded, according to a statement from Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

The anti-crime officers knocked on the door of Foxworth's apartment, and got no answer. They looked through the peephole and saw a man, woman, and child inside.

They concluded that the woman and child were being held hostage and summoned Emergency Service Unit (ESU) officers and hostage negotiators. An ESU and the hostage negotiation team arrived and were in the process of taking up positions outside of the apartment, when the woman suddenly opened the door and fled the apartment with the baby in her arms.

She told the officers that Foxworth had been holding her hostage and was armed, according to the NYPD. As the six-man ESU team entered, they were immediately fired upon by Foxworth. He had emerged from a bedroom, firing a 9mm Browning semi-automatic pistol.

Foxworth fired 12 times, striking Det. Michael Keenan in his left calf, Det. Kenneth Ayala in the thigh and foot, and Officer Matthew Granahan in his left calf. Capt. Al Pizzano sustained a graze wound to his face.

The gunfight occurred in close quarters, with the assailant and the officers no more than 10 feet apart. Detective Ayala and Officer Granahan returned fire, striking Foxworth in the abdomen.

"A third ESU officer also fired," Kelly said in the statement. "It was a good thing Foxworth was stopped."

Inside the apartment, police recovered three weapons including the 9mm Browning that was part of a multiple-gun purchase in Wilmington, N.C.; a sawed-off assault rifle with a scope that had been stolen from Florida; and a defaced .22-caliber revolver. Officers also recovered 50 rounds for a Mini-14 rifle.

Foxworth was taken into custody in critical condition. The apartment was strewn with guns and baby toys.

Foxworth has a lengthy criminal record. He was released from prison in 2010 after serving 10 years for attempted murder, robbery, and selling drugs in prison. He previously served two years for attempted murder.

Comments (11)

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Denny @ 4/9/2012 4:34 PM

I realize that everyone is already thinking this, but: what the heck was he doing on the street in the first place?

R. G. Montgomery @ 4/9/2012 6:25 PM

Three guns is a 'cache'?

New York City, where a lawful citizen cannot have any sort of handgun, but a convicted felon has two handguns and an 'assault rifle', sort of. A jurisdiction where one cannot defend one's self, but attempted murder is only good for two years.

No wonder they have problems.

Billy @ 4/9/2012 7:33 PM

Here's a prime example of gun control at work - it doesn't work. Foxworth as a convicted felon is committing a Federal Offinse just having the guns. If he survives will he be charged by the US Attorney? Don't hold your breath. This mutt should never have been out on the street anyway - two attempted murders; now he can add 4 more to his talley. Too bad ESU didn't solve this problem permanently.

slobull22 @ 4/9/2012 8:02 PM

Yes this does show what New York Gun Laws can do, which is nothing. Where have all the strong Oaks and stout rope gone? You can thank all the touchy feely folks and two term butt wipes for this one. I bet there will be a bunch of liberal cry babies and air heads wetting their pants on this. Officers please get well, IAB do not F**k with them just get it signed off it was justified.

As @ 4/9/2012 10:04 PM

He should have gone out in a body bag

Russell @ 4/10/2012 6:42 AM

Two years for attempted murder? Be safe out there guys. Summer is upon us and we have had too many officers shot in the line of duty so far this year. Wear your vest, watch your six, win the fight.

Rat @ 4/10/2012 7:53 AM

It's all about the judiciary system and plea bargains. Public executions need to make a strong comeback. It is a great deterrent for the next generation.

Steve @ 4/10/2012 8:42 AM

Deter crime...heaven forbid!! Then what would happen to all the scum sucking attorneys in this country. They'd have to go on welfare or run for political office!

TripWire @ 4/10/2012 3:47 PM

Prayers out to these officers to get well and back on the job. Two years for attempted murder? New York is liberalism at its finest. The politicians need to be held accountable for this and every crime committed by a worthless pos who should still be in prison. It's a good thing he didn't go out on a rampage because no one can defend themselves. How is that anti-gun legislation working for you there Bloomberg? Just another criminal who shouldn't have guns preying on those that should be able to have guns. When are the sheeple going to learn that these feel good laws don't help anyone except the lawless and quit voting these pussies into office.

wayne baker @ 4/11/2012 12:22 AM

Disabled after 30 yrs on the job. I always practised two to the body one to the head served me well. Stay safe.

Mike @ 4/11/2012 10:57 AM

Problem in NYC, Most Officers in the NYPD, and a lot of others in Corrections, Transit, Sanitation, Department of Education live outside the city limits. I have no problem with that. Where you live has no effect on how you do your job. It is a problem when it comes to elected officials. All NYC residence that are on some sort of public assistance vote! They vote to keep their benefits. They vote to elect officials who will stick it to any agency who threatens to take anything free away from them. Any official who will let their family members who mistakenly shot someone in the face come home from prison faster. That's why when it comes to handing out layoffs and bad NYPD contracts the Mayor has no problem. Need to save the city money? More investigators into recipients of public assistance.

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