Wall Street Journal
May 17, 2010


Brooklyn Police Officer Seriously Injured Chasing Suspect

By JOEL STONINGTON

A Brooklyn police officer chasing a suspect on foot was hit and seriously injured by a motorcycle Sunday morning, police said.

Carlos Olmedo, 31 years old, was taken to Lutheran Medical Center where he underwent surgery for head injuries sustained in the crash.

"Everyone here at Lutheran is providing excellent care, but nevertheless Officer Olmedo is in very grave condition," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a news conference at the hospital Sunday morning.

Officer Olmedo and his partner, Marlon Key, chased four suspects who allegedly ran after being stopped in a stolen 2008 Toyota Corolla in Bensonhurst shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Officer Olmedo, a four-year veteran of the New York Police Department, followed one suspect into the street and was struck by the motorcycle at the intersection of 84th Street and 20th Avenue in Bensonhurst, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Three of the four suspects were later taken into custody and are being held at the 62nd Precinct.

The driver of the motorcycle is in stable condition at the hospital and "was both sober and licensed," Mr. Bloomberg said. Charges weren't filed against the driver and his name wasn't released.

Mayor Bloomberg said he met with Officer Olmedo's family members who had assembled at the hospital, including Mr. Olmedo's wife, Abigail, and two of his three children.

"Sadly, there's no way for me to thank Officer Olmedo on their behalf this morning—not in a way that he would understand anyway," said Mayor Bloomberg. "But I was able to thank his mother, his wife and his children and the rest of his family."

The incident started when Officers Olmedo and Key were responding to the call of a robbery, Mr. Kelly said. The license-plate reader installed on their cruiser alerted them to the stolen Toyota Corolla and they attempted to make a car stop when the suspects in the vehicle fled.

"This tragedy underscores the constant danger faced by police officers on a daily basis," said Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.

Write to Joel Stonington at joel.stonington@wsj.com