An NYPD cop assigned to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s security detail was shot with a pellet gun outside the mayor’s home on Sunday, and the NYPD has taken a suspect into custody.
A police spokesman said the officer was getting out of an unmarked car outside Gracie Mansion when she “felt pain in the lower back,” the Associated Press reports.
“Around 7:15 p.m. this evening a police officer, who is assigned to the mayor’s security detail, was struck in the back by an apparent BB/pellet near Gracie Mansion,” a police spokesman tells PEOPLE. The injured officer was taken to the hospital for treatment and released.
The officer’s partner looked up and saw people looking out from an apartment across the street, according to CBS News.
When officers ran into the building, they saw two people fleeing. A male and a female, both teenagers, were taken into custody a short while later.
Michael Veritsky, 19, has been charged with assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and weapons charges. The female suspect, 17, has not been charged.
Police say that there had been two recent reports of windows in the neighborhood being damaged by pellet-gun fire.
De Blasio was not home at the time of the incident.
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