Breaking: Gun Battle Near Baruch Houses Late Last Night
There was a lot of activity around the Baruch Houses late last night. Gunfire erupted about 1:30 a.m. as police were questioning a man on Columbia Street. Police say the man opened fire on police officers Thomas Richards and Thomas Dunne, and then fled down Rivington Street.
According to WABC, “one of the bullets, a 9mm round, was deflected by the spare ammunition magazine on Officer Richards’ gunbelt on his left abdomen.” Richards fired back at the suspect. As the officers chased him towards Baruch Drive more shots were exchanged. Police reported that 25-year old Luis Martinez was hit in the upper right leg. They chased him into a 6th floor apartment, where an arrest was made. WABC reported that police found a 9mm Taurus handgun in a trash compacter in the apartment.
Martinez was taken to Bellevue Hospital. The officers were briefly hospitalized, but later released.
We’ll have more details throughout the day.