New York Daily News

 Updated: June 5, 2017, 2:23 AM

  

 

NYPD officer in critical condition after being dragged along pavement by 15-year-old driving stolen car

BY EDGAR SANDOVAL, AARON SHOWALTER, ROSHAN ABRAHAM, ROCCO PARASCANDOLA, STEPHEN REX BROWN

A Brooklyn cop was clinging to life Sunday after being dragged more than two blocks by the 15-year-old driver of a stolen car, officials and police said.  (THEODORE PARISIENNE FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

A Brooklyn cop, the married father of a 2-year-old girl, was in critical condition Sunday after a teenage boy driving a stolen car dragged him more than two blocks, police sources said.

Officer Dalsh Veve, 35, fired his gun twice as he was pulled along the pavement in East Flatbush, striking the 15-year-old driver, Justin Murrell, in the face, sources said. The teen was in serious condition and expected to survive. Charges were pending early Monday.

Officer Veve and his wife, EstherMayor de Blasio praised Veve, a nine-year NYPD veteran.

“Officer Dalsh Veve right now is fighting for his life,” de Blasio said before walking in the Celebrate Israel Parade.

“He represents the American dream. An immigrant child came here, joined the greatest police force in the country and has been an exemplary officer. And right now he is fighting to survive.”

The mayhem began when six plainclothes officers responded to reports of shots fired at Tilden Ave. and E. 53rd St. at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said. Cops quickly determined that 911 callers had actually heard fireworks near a house party.

Veve was questioning the occupants of a black Honda Civic parked at a fire hydrant across from the party when the driver hit the gas, dragging the cop west on Tilden Ave.

Veve fired twice as he was dragged for 2 1/2 blocks, finally falling free when the Civic made a right on 53rd St., sources said. Fellow officers rushed him to Kings County Hospital.

A police officer was dragged by a car on E. 53rd St. and Snyder Ave. just before midnight Saturday. (MARC A. HERMANN FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The car was found abandoned on 53rd St. between Church and Snyder Aves. The Civic had been reported stolen May 16 in Valley Stream, L.I., while its owner was delivering a pizza, police said.

Police escort Eboni Clinton, 19, toward a squad car outside the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn early Monday. (D.IUDICI)

Veve underwent surgery early Sunday to relieve swelling around his brain, a source said.

Meanwhile, Murrell walked into Brookdale University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the face. Police sources said the boy has 11 previous arrests, including a grand larceny bust on May 16. He had three robbery collars in 2015, a burglary pinch last year and a car theft arrest in April.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill (c.), flanked by PBA President Patrick Lynch (l.) and Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan, speaks to the press at Kings County Hospital on Sunday morning. (MARC A. HERMANN FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The teen’s mother declined to comment.

“I don’t want my name in the paper. I don’t have anything to say, I’m sorry,” she said.

Cops gather inside a hallway at the Kings County Hospital after a police officer was dragged by a car. (MARC A. HERMANN FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The other three occupants of the car, an 18-year-old man and two young women were nabbed by cops searching the neighborhood after the crash, sources said.

Police led Eboni Clinton, 19, and Jeronda Oliver, 18, out of the 67th Precinct around 1 a.m. Monday. Both were charged with hindering prosecution.

Police search nearby homes in East Flatbush after an officer was dragged by a car and critically wounded. (MARC A. HERMANN FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

The two women ignored questions shouted by reporters.  

Veve arrived in Brooklyn from Haiti with his mother when he was about 12 years old, according to his aunt, Delivrance Veve, 61.

The police officer was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition. (MARC A. HERMANN FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

“Yes, he’s the American Dream .... He studied. He worked hard to pursue his dreams,” she said at her home in North Bergen, N.J.

She worried for the cop’s wife, Esther.

“He always wanted to be a police officer, ever since he was very young. He would talk about it when he was 9 or 10 years old ... ” she said. “This is our worst fear come true.”

City Councilman Mathieu Eugene visited Veve’s bedside and said the officer was sleeping after a successful surgery. A cop flashed a hopeful smile outside the hospital following the operation.

Eugene grew up across the street from Veve in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

“They are very respectful people, very nice, well-educated people,” Eugene said of the Veve family.

The cop’s neighbors in North Baldwin, L.I., were stunned.

Veve embraced the role of guardian for the block — and even plowed snow for the whole street with his John Deere tractor in the winter.

“He’s always looking to help,” neighbor Martha Forrisi said.

WITH LAURA DIMON, JOHN ANNESE, ESHA RAY, OUMOU FOFANA, ROSS KEITH, ADAM SHRIER, THOMAS TRACY, ERIN DURKIN.