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Police officer shot dead as he responds to gunfire in Brooklyn

A New York City police officer was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in Brooklyn on Wednesday night while responding to an alert from a high-tech system that detects gunshots, authorities said.

The shooting took place around 11:15 p.m. on Howard Avenue, near the Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant border, according to the New York Police Department, which said a police officer from the 81st District was dispatched to the area after an alert ShotSpotter was received.

A suspect opened fire and was taken into custody with unspecified injuries, police said.

It was not immediately clear how many times the policeman had been shot or where he had been beaten. It was also unclear whether the officer exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

The shooting took place amid a wave of gun violence in New York City, where at least five police officers have been shot since November.

That month, two officers investigating a domestic violence complaint in Queens were shot and killed. One policeman was shot in the thigh and the other in both hands. Police responded and the gunman was killed, police said.

On Christmas Eve in Brooklyn, a police officer responding to another call about domestic violence was shot in the back, but his vest stopped the bullet, police officials said. A 20-year-old man suspected of being the shooter was arrested.

In late January, an undercover police officer was shot in the lower back, just below his bulletproof vest, after confronting a gunman in the Bronx. The officer was hospitalized and the gunman was arrested.

In March, a police officer was hospitalized in stable condition after being shot in the chest while responding to an armed confrontation at a building in Brooklyn. The gunman was taken into custody.

Gun violence has increased recently. As of May 9, there had been 451 shootings in 2021, up from 242 at that time last year, an increase of 86.4%, according to police department figures online.

Three people were shot dead in Times Square on Saturday, including a 4-year-old girl.

The New York Police Department has been using ShotSpotter technology since 2015 to detect gunshots, according to the department’s website, which says the system can locate the sound of gunshots with locations in real time, even when no one do not call 911.

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