New York Daily News

Updated: February 21, 2016, 12:57 AM

  

 

Two NYPD cops wounded in possible friendly fire incident after wild Brooklyn car chase, shootout with suspect armed with .357 Magnum

BY KELDY ORTIZ, THOMAS TRACY, ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, LARRY MCSHANE

THEODORE PARISIENNE FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Two NYPD officers were shot early Saturday morning.

Two officers shot at the end of a chaotic Brooklyn car chase and gunfight with a cop-hating ex-con were possible friendly fire victims in a spray of NYPD bullets, officials said.

One of the wounded officers, who were both listed in stable condition, only survived Saturday when a bullet slammed into the chest of his bulletproof vest during the furious 3:20 a.m. Bedford-Stuyvesant shootout.

“It is quite possible that one or both officers may have been hit by another officer,” said NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis, adding that a half-dozen cops on the scene fired more than 30 shots.

Career criminal Frederick (Jamal) Funes, 34, blasted away at the officers with a .357 Magnum after smashing his Nissan Maxima into an NYPD patrol car blocking his way on Lexington Ave., a one-way street, police said. Funes had been driving in the wrong direction.

NYPD Officers Andrew Yurkiw and William Reddin were shot in the Saturday gunfight with suspect Frederick Funes.

Plainclothes anti-crime officers Andrew Yurkiw and William Reddin answered a call for backup after Funes fired a gunshot at a uniformed MTA bus driver stopped inside his car at the corner of Quincy St. and Malcolm X Blvd.

The trigger-happy Funes — whose imposing rap sheet covered 20 years, 15 arrests and three states — apparently mistook the driver for a cop, police said.

Among his arrests was a July 2007 bust for robbery and assault after he tried to steal a police officer’s gun, officials said.

Two sources said Funes appears to be connected to people the Joint Terrorism Task Force has been monitoring, but there is no evidence to suggest that his clash with police was fueled by extremist ideology.

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Bullet holes are visible in the car used by a suspect to ram a police cruiser early Saturday morning during a wild gunfight in Brooklyn. 

We are looking into his background, but at this point we see nothing that points toward terrorism,” said John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism. “He is a career criminal, prone to violence, who has assaulted police officers in the past.”

    
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An officer shot along with a perp on Malcolm X Blvd. and Lexington Ave in Brooklyn.  

Third-generation cop Yurkiw suffered a grapefruit-sized wound beneath the body armor — 27 years after his dad was saved by a bulletproof vest in a Queens shooting.

The 29-year-old newlywed joined the NYPD in January 2012, and had just started house hunting with his wife.

“We’re lucky,” said retired Detective Paul Yukiw, his dad and fellow gunshot survivor. “He’s healthy, he’s strong, he’s talking ... he came out a winner this time.”

Reddin, 33, a nine-year NYPD veteran, was struck in the right hip by a bullet that entered just beneath his vest, cops said. The older cop is the father of two, with a third child on the way.

Reddin had just made a gun arrest Friday, and was back on the streets once more in the Saturday morning darkness.

“They’re an amazing family and we’re praying very hard for him to get better soon,” said one neighbor in suburban Lynbrook, L.I. “He’s a great dad.”

The senior officer had walked away from a potentially lethal incident in the same Brooklyn neighborhood in 2011 — when his partner jammed his finger between the hammer and cylinder of a suspect’s gun, preventing the man from firing.

Reddin remained in stable condition at Kings County Hospital, while Yurkiw was released about 12 hours after the shooting, police sources said.

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Above and below: Police recovered the suspect's gun, used two shoot two cops, at the scene. "I wouldn't say they're OK, but they are alive, thankfully," a source said of the recovering officers.

 

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Bullet holes are visible in the car used by a suspect to ram a police cruiser early Saturday morning during a wild gunfight in Brooklyn. 

“The bottom line today: Thank God, these officers will be making a full recovery,” said Mayor de Blasio, who visited the wounded cops. “They were alert. They were talkative in fact.”

The suspect, shot multiple times, was in critical condition and expected to survive at Brookdale University Hospital. Cops believe that Funes, a former resident of Illinois and North Carolina, was now living in New Jersey.

After the bus driver sped away, a patrol car responded to a report of shots fired. The officers arrived at the scene to see the Maxima with its Jersey plates speeding away.

Funes pointed his weapon at the two officers as he drove off along Malcolm X Blvd., and the housing cops radioed for backup as they pursued the fleeing suspect.

He turned the wrong way down Lexington Ave., where another patrol car was blocking Funes’ escape route, according to Davis.

The suspect plowed his car directly into the police vehicle as all eight cops in pursuit jumped out to confront Funes. Within seconds, bullets were flying — with some ricocheting off the suspect’s car.

With DALE W. EISINGER, BYRON SMITH

rparascandola@nydailynews.com