A suspect who allegedly got into a wild Brooklyn shootout with a U.S. police officer – who left one man dead and three people injured, including the police officer – was charged Friday in September – the melee.
John Shortt was charged with assaulting the officer with a lethal weapon in the Brooklyn federal court for the shooting early in the morning outside a nightclub in East Flatbush on September 18th.
Shortt allegedly led a four-man crew as they tried to steal the unidentified officer and a woman he was with after the couple left a nightclub on Utica Avenue near Farragut Road, the complaint said.
Shortt and an accomplice wearing a balaclava initially approached the officer and the woman around 3:20 a.m. and aimed a gun at him, according to the complaint.
The officer immediately pushed the woman he was with, out of the way, drew his own gun and began firing at the oncoming robbers.
The officer shot Shortt at least once during the firefight.
At the same time, two apparent accomplices to Shortt, later identified as Tyshawn Whidbee and Joshua Cooper, approached the officer and the woman from another direction, the complaint said.
Whidbee drew a gun and began firing at the officer and the woman, shooting them both, according to court documents.
The wounded officer chased both Whidbee and Cooper around the corner, where a firefight ensued among them.
The officer was hit a number of times and Cooper was killed in the exchange of fire, authorities said.
Immediately after the melee, Shortt hobbled to a nearby gas station, where he met with two other accomplices. Doctors were called and they transported him to Kings County Hospital, where he was treated for multiple gunshot wounds.
The officer and the woman he was with were also treated at local hospitals for their wounds, but survived the shooting.
Lawyer information for Shortt was not immediately available.