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Police officer shot 3 times while chasing 2 suspects in Crown Heights

By Mason White 5:26 PM February 27, 2014
New York Police Department at crime scene illustration 

By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A police officer was hospitalized after being shot in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, police in New York said.

Police officer James Li, 26, was hit several times in the leg, groin and thigh.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, after two young police officers parked their vehicle next to a White Castle restaurant, which is located at Empire Boulevard and Utica Avenue.

Police said that the two officers pulled Rashaun Robinson, 28, and another suspect off a city bus after boarding without paying.

Robinson, who has multiple prior arrests, ran away.Both Li and police officer James Chow ran after him. Police said Robinson turned around and fired a weapon, hitting Li several times.

Both officers returned fire. Witnesses pointed police to an apartment building on Schenectady Avenue, where Robinson was found in the hallway of the fifth floor. The police said that the suspect had a gun, and that they recovered three shell casings at the scene.

Li was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he was in stable condition. He was wounded in the left leg, right thigh and groin. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Meanwhile, Robinson was arrested and charged are still pending.