New York Post
Feb. 28, 2012


Miracle cop's face-off with ‘shooter’

By WILLIAM J. GORTA

Police Officer Kevin Brennan, who miraculously survived a gunshot in the back of the head, was in a Brooklyn court yesterday to face his accused shooter

Luis “Baby” Ortiz was arraigned on an attempted-murder charge for allegedly shooting the cop in a struggle in Bushwick last month.

Brennan’s wife, seated beside him in the front row, blinked back tears as she glanced at Ortiz.

Prosecutors said that three people have identified Ortiz, 21, as the shooter and that Brennan remembered the entire incident.

“He remembers every detail,” said Assistant District Attorney Lewis Lieberman.

Eric Poulos, Ortiz’s lawyer, complained that his client had to appear in his orange jail jumpsuit after Correction officials refused to let him change into clothes sent to him by relatives.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Albert Tomei said he’d try to prevent that in the future.

Outside, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch derided “the arrogance of this mope” for worrying about clothes.

“If justice is served . . . he’ll be wearing that jumpsuit for an awful long time,” Lynch said.