Cop-Shooter Arraigned From Hospital Bed
Indictment Charges Brooklyn Man With Shooting
Seven Officers in Sheepshead Bay Ambush
By Ryan Thompson
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
JAY STREET — The man who allegedly shot four cops earlier this month with a sawed-off assault rifle was arraigned on his indictment yesterday from his hospital bed.
Nakwon Foxworth, 33, is charged with the attempted murder of seven cops, after allegedly opening fire on the officers inside a Sheepshead Bay apartment on April 8.
It all began on a Saturday night when authorities received a 911 call about a man with a gun arguing with moving company employees, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Officers from the 61st Precinct and the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU) were dispatched to the Nostrand Avenue building and determined the man was in his sixth-floor apartment, holding his pregnant girlfriend and their infant son hostage, according to police.
After the woman and the child got out of the house, police entered and were fired upon 12 times, they said. Three cops were shot in their legs, and a bullet grazed the face of the fourth officer. A fifth officer was also injured in the incident.
Det. Michael Keenan, Det. Kenneth Ayala, officer Matthew Granaham, Sgt. Frank Ferrara and Capt. Alfonso Pizzano have since recovered and have all been released from the hospital.
Foxworth was shot in the abdomen and remains hospitalized. He was arraigned from his bed in Kings County Hospital.
Foxworth is charged with seven counts of attempted murder in the first degree, attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder in the second degree, attempted assault in the first degree, attempted assault in the second degree, attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer, assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, menacing in the second degree, unlawful imprisonment in the first degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 40 years to life in prison.
Inside Foxworth’s home, police allegedly recovered “a cache” of weapons, including what authorities described as an illegal, sawed-off military-style assault rifle, as well as other guns and ammunition.
“We have now had eight — that’s correct, eight — members of the department shot in the last four months,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on the day following the shootout. Another cop was stabbed this week.
Foxworth was released from prison in 2010 after serving 10 years for attempted murder and robbery. He is expected to appear in Kings County Supreme Court Criminal Term in Downtown Brooklyn in the upcoming weeks.
Additional reporting by The Associated Press.
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