Harlem Man Critically Injured After Opening Fire on Police

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26:  A New York Police Department (NYPD) van is viewed on January 26, 2012 in New York City. After New York City's police commissioner Raymond Kelly appeared in the film "The Third Jihad" Muslim groups are asking him to step down. The groups say that the film they depicts Islam and its followers in a bad light. Approximately 20 activists held a news conference on the steps of City Hall criticizing Kelly for giving an interview to the producers of the film, which warns against the dangers of radical Islam. The film was shown to hundreds and maybe thousands of NYPD officers for training purposes.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo: Spencer Platt/2012 Getty Images

A young man reportedly got into a shootout Sunday evening at 2698 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, near West 143rd Street, which ended when the suspect was wounded in the chest and thigh by a rookie cop.

"The uniformed officers, from the 32nd Precinct, approached the suspect for reasons that were not immediately known and he then took off," writes DNA Info. After fleeing, the man shot twice at the officers and missed. One of the officers, a uniformed rookie cop from Operation Impact, which stations police in high-crime areas, returned fire with at least two shots and connected. The suspect was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he remains in critical but stable condition according to the time of this writing.

The New York Post reports that the perpetrator recently completed a two-year prison term for an unknown offense.

"The kid was running away. He looked real scared," a witness told DNA Info. "Next thing I see him freeze and that's when the cop shot him in the back."