A New York City police officer is in critical condition after a 15-year-old boy in a stolen vehicle reportedly dragged him along the pavement in East Flatbush on Saturday night.
The New York Times reports that Officer Dalsh Veve, 35, was questioning the suspect at around 11:20 p.m. on Saturday night close to East 23rd Street and Tilden Avenue. The suspect suddenly took off in a black Honda sedan, dragging Veve for at least two and a half blocks before the officer shot at him, hitting him in the face.
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The suspect, a 15-year-old boy, later walked into the Brookdale University Hospital with a gunshot wound to the face. According to authorities, the teen, who already had an extensive criminal record for robbery and larceny, was one of three people inside the car that dragged Veve. The teen was arrested and taken into custody, along with the two other suspects, a 30-year-old male, and an 18-year-old female.
Veve is now fighting for his life at Kings County Hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition. According to Mayor de Blasio, Veve is an exemplary police officer whose served 9 years on the force.
“Officer Dalsh Veve right now is fighting for his life. This is a young man who has had an exemplary career over the last nine years as an NYPD officer – one of the most commended and decorated members of his precinct.”
Veve is a married father with a 2-year-old child. Although he’s still in serious condition, Veve underwent successful surgery over the weekend. He’ll likely have a long road to recovery.