New York Police Officer in Critical Condition After Being Dragged by Stolen Car in Brooklyn

Investigators on East 53rd Street in Brooklyn, where a police officer was critically injured late Saturday night after he was dragged by a stolen car. (Kevin Hagen for The New York Times)

A New York City police officer was “fighting for his life” after he was injured late Saturday when he was dragged by a stolen car in Brooklyn, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday.

The officer, Dalsh Veve, 35, was questioning the driver of a black Honda sedan parked in front of a fire hydrant around 11:50 p.m. near the corner of East 53rd Street and Tilden Avenue, the police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, said at a news conference early Sunday at Kings County Hospital Center, where the officer was being treated. The driver sped off, dragging Officer Veve for two and a half blocks, Commissioner O’Neill said.

Mr. de Blasio said the officer remained in critical condition on Sunday. Officer Veve, who immigrated from Haiti, suffered severe head injuries and body trauma, the police said.

“Officer Veve represents the American dream — an immigrant child who came here and has become an exemplary N.Y.P.D. officer,” Mr. de Blasio said in a Twitter post. The mayor met with the officer’s family at the hospital on Sunday morning.

Officer Veve has been a city police officer for nine years, Commissioner O’Neill said, and he is married with a 2-year-old daughter.

The car that dragged Officer Veve had been reported stolen in Valley Stream, N.Y., on Long Island, a couple of days ago, Commissioner O’Neill said.

A short time after the episode, a 15-year-old boy walked into Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the face. The police believe he was one of three people in the vehicle that struck Officer Veve, who had been able to fire his weapon twice. The unidentified teenager was taken into custody at the hospital, where he was in serious condition, the police said.

The other two occupants of the car — a 30-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman — were also in custody, the police said.

Officers had responded on Saturday night to three 911 calls reporting gunfire in the East Flatbush neighborhood, where several people were attending a party, the police said. The officers concluded that the reports were most likely caused by fireworks.

On Sunday, police tape cordoned off the sprawling crime scene in the area, blocking rows of homes with neatly trimmed bushes and blossoming rose gardens.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Ashley Southall and Emma G. Fitzsimmons