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New York City Police Officer Injured

October 6, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ A city police officer was struck in the wrist during a shootout early Sunday with two men in the basement of a building, authorities said.

Police said they arrested one man later in the day and were looking for the second.

Officer Claude Jean-Pierre was injured when he and his partner, Ramon Padilla, exchanged gunfire with two men at a Brooklyn building where police had been called in response to shots fired.

Police said one of the men grabbed Jean-Pierre’s 9mm handgun and fired twice. One shot hit the officer in the left arm; the other was stopped by his bulletproof vest.

Jean-Pierre was hospitalized in stable condition.

The suspect, Celestin Garnell, of Brooklyn, was charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon, robbery and assault, police said.

Garnell fired the shots at Jean-Pierre, a police spokesman said.

Both Jean-Pierre’s gun and a handgun belonging to one of the men were found in the basement, police said.

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