8 Aug 2012 10:12 AM EST
-by Rebecca Baird-Remba, Staff Writer; Image: The Himrod St. Crime Scene (Image Source: DNAinfo)
Police accidentally shot a man in the leg in Brooklyn Tuesday morning after pit bulls charged them during an alleged drug bust, NY1 reports.
Officers were trying to arrest three people in a house at 68 Himrod St., near Evergreen Ave., in Bushwick, just after 11 a.m. when the victim was shot. Police said the victim was not involved in the arrest.
Sources told NY1 that an individual released two pit bulls at the officers while they were trying to make the arrest. An officer fired one round at the dogs, and it ricocheted and hit a 22-year-old man.
Police said the dogs belonged to the man who was shot.
Witnesses told DNAinfo that the pit bulls, which police claimed were charging them, had been secured in the yard when the shooting occurred.
Neighbor Isaac Holmes, 36, said he was headed to the corner store when a black SUV pulled up in front of the house, and two men got out holding guns.
“He gives a gesture, like, ‘What are you doing?’ and the guy starts shooting,” said Holmes, referring to the victim.
“The dogs never got off the leash,” he said. “This had nothing to do with dogs.”
Then a green town car arrived behind the SUV, said Holmes, and a plainclothes officer showed his badge.
Another neighbor, Raymond Beamon, 31, told DNAinfo that the first set of plainclothes cops failed to identify themselves.
“My first response was, ‘I’m calling the cops,’ thinking that they were regular perpetrators or some thugs,” he said.
The shooting victim was taken to Kings County Hospital, and his condition was not immediately known.
NY1 reports that the three suspects were arrested. An investigation is ongoing.
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