Cop shoots gun-toting man in prostitution sting, investigators say

76th Precinct

Carroll Gardens–Cobble Hill–Red Hook

Sting goes wrong

A cop shot and killed a 22-year-old who pulled a gun during a prostitution sting on Sept. 20, investigators say.

Officers were trying to bust men soliciting prostitutes in a sting dubbed “Losing Proposition” at the corner of Huntington and Henry streets at 10 pm when four male suspects allegedly tried to pick up an undercover officer.

The undercover cop signaled for backup and officers stopped the men in their vehicle — but one of the suspects fled on foot, according to police.

Cops chased the man to Hamilton Avenue and W. Ninth Street, where he resisted arrest and pulled out a loaded firearm, investigators claim.

That’s when one of the cops fired a single round, fatally striking the man.

The other three men were charged with proposition of a prostitute.

Botched mug

Cops cuffed a 14-year-old accused of attempting to steal a woman’s cellphone on Sept. 17.

The perp punched the victim in the back of the head near the corner of Hicks and Nelson streets and tried to grab the phone at 7:30 pm, investigators say.

But the victim held onto the device and called 911 — and police spotted a suspect near Ikea on Beard Street later that night.

Chuck up

Police arrested a 24-year-old man accused of carrying nunchucks on Hoyt Street on Sept. 14.

Cops say they spotted the man toting the martial arts weapon made famous by Bruce Lee near the corner of Douglas Street at 1:29 am.

Kids today

Cops busted two teens accused of mugging a 14-year-old boy for his iPhone on Sept. 12.

The two suspects — ages 13 and 14 — allegedly approached the victim from behind at the corner of Degraw and Court streets at 3:40 pm and snatched the Apple phone.

The thieves fled on Degraw Street toward Bond Street, and cops later apprehended both suspects.

Cut down

Police locked up a perp for allegedly possessing burglary tools — after they spotted him riding his bicycle on the sidewalk.

Officers say they stopped a 32-year-old man on Columbia Street between Degraw and Sackett streets on Sept. 12 at around 1:40 pm for pedaling his two-wheeler on the sidewalk. That’s when cops say they found a box cutter in his hand, and other instruments that could be used to commit a burglary in his possession.

Swing blade

A knife-toting perp nearly sliced another man’s throat in a scary Lorraine Street assault on Sept. 16.

The thug swung a silver folding knife at the 27-year-old victim’s throat between Columbia and Otsego streets at aroun 11:40 am, according to police.

The victim managed to dodge the blade at the last second and escaped uninjured.

Police are hunting for the culprit.


A thief stole a MacBook Air laptop from a Warren Street home on Sept. 24.

The burglar entered through a rear window and snatched the Apple laptop from the residence between Bond and Nevins streets at some point between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm.

Apple picking

A burglar plucked two Apple devices from a Huntington Street apartment on Sept. 18.

The bandit got into the residence between Columbia and Hicks streets between 10:30 am and 2 pm, while the tenants were out.

When the victims returned home, they realized the doors were unlocked, their drawers were open, and a MacBook computer and an iPod Nano were missing.

The residents are not sure whether they locked the door before leaving.

Rite and Wrong

Cops cuffed a 46-year-old man who allegedly tried to steal lots of nail polish from a Smith Street pharmacy on Sept. 25.

The perp purportedly grabbed about $46 of nail polish at around 11:47 am inside the Rite Aid at the corner of Warren Street and tried to get away without paying for it.

— Ben Muessig