MIDDLETOWN – On Saturday, August 29 at approximately 7:42 p.m, a City of Middletown police officer was flagged down in front of 28 Myrtle Avenue for an unknown problem. The officer, who was on routine patrol in a marked police vehicle, pulled his vehicle to the side of the road and exited his patrol car to speak with the female who had requested assistance. As the officer attempted to ascertain information from the female about a potential domestic violence incident, a man came out of the residence and fired a handgun striking the police officer in the left forearm. The officer immediately returned fire, striking the male subject.
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Following the shooting, the injured officer requested assistance, and additional officers responded to the location. Once the officers were on scene, the male suspect was secured, and officers began providing medical assistance to the injured officer and the suspect.
Both individuals were then transported to Garnet Regional Medical Center, however, the suspect was later transferred to Westchester Medical Center for more advanced
A loaded firearm was recovered from the scene.
In accordance with the Orange County Officer-Involved Shooting Protocol, this incident will be investigated by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Police. The City of Middletown Police Department will provide full cooperation in assisting these agencies with conducting a thorough review of the incident.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available