NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A person of interest is being questioned after an NYPD police sergeant was shot in both legs Wednesday night in Queens.

Sgt. Craig Bier and his partner, both members of an anti-gang unit, were on patrol when they tried to stop a suspect around 10:30 p.m. on 107th Street, police said.

When the suspect saw the cops, he took off, leading officers on a chase before turning around and firing directly at Sgt. Bier, police said.

“Sgt. Bier, who had already run back to 107 Avenue to block the gunman’s escape route, exchanged gunfire with the suspect – who fired four times – striking the sergeant in both legs,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said

NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (center) holds up a gun police said a suspect used to shoot Sgt. Craig Bier in both legs on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 (credit: CBS 2)

Bier, a 44-year-old who is a 15 year veteran cop, fired back before collapsing on the sidewalk, police said.

Police said the suspect then tossed a 9 mm pistol on the ground and ran off, leaving Bier bleeding on the ground as fellow officers rushed to help.

He was taken to the hospital by members of a Queens South Impact team who were nearby and heard the gunshots as another cop, who is a certified EMT, applied pressure to Bier’s wounds.

“Here we are once again at a hospital,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at Jamaica Hospital early Thursday morning. “Another night and another shooting of one of our Finest.”

Bier is the tenth New York City cop to be shot this year. Kelly and Bloomberg visited with him at the hospital and said they spoke with the officer’s family.

“Thank God the officer will recover,” Bloomberg said. “He’s the kind of guy that you want out there. Don’t know that I’ve ever talked to anybody as enthusiastic about his job.”

Source: CBS 2 NY


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