The shootout began after two officers, Thomas Richards and his partner, Thomas Dunne, got out of a police van on Columbia Street and approached a 25-year-old man, Luis Martinez, about 1:44 a.m., the police said. Mr. Martinez muttered something that the officers did not understand and suddenly began firing a gun at Officer Richards, the police said.
One shot struck Officer Richards’s gun belt, but the bullet was deflected by a spare ammunition magazine that Officer Richards was carrying. He was not injured. Officer Richards began returning fire at Mr. Martinez, and the officers chased him as he fled down Columbia Street.
Source: Joseph Goldstein for the N.Y. Times.