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Gunman in wheelchair fires at off-duty cop at Brooklyn party early Sunday, wounded when cop returns fire
A gunman in a wheelchair fired at an off-duty cop at a Brooklyn party early Sunday — and was wounded when the cop returned fire, police sources said.
The cop was off duty at a party on E. 43rd St. near Linden Blvd. in East Flatbush when he saw that Kwame Dottin, 30, was armed, sources said.
Dottin appeared to have a brief argument with the off-duty officer before Dottin fired at the cop on the street, prompting the officer to return fire about 2:40 a.m.
Dottin, struck in the left hip, was taken to Brookdale University Hospital in stable condition.
Charges against him were pending.
The cop, who is assigned to the NYPD’s Detective Bureau, was not struck but was taken to Methodist Hospital for ringing in his ears. His name was not released.
Police say Dottin’s .38-caliber revolver was recovered at the scene. They released a photo of the weapon.
Dottin was paralyzed four years ago when he was shot four times at point-blank range by a jealous romantic rival at a party, according to Dottin’s family.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s just a replay of what happened...several years ago,” said his uncle, Pastor Raphael Dottin. “It’s only by the grace of God that he’s alive.”
Dottin was dancing with a young lady whose boyfriend later showed up to the party, his uncle recalled.
“And I don’t know what transpired but after the dance finished, the guy followed my nephew with a couple of his friends and they shot him,” he added.
Dottin’s loved ones struggled to understand what happened.
He was trying to get his life back on track and recently got his associate’s degree from Bramson ORT College in Bay Ridge — the first step in becoming a pharmacist, his father, Dabreo Dottin said.
“He was trying to make the best of his life,” his uncle said. ”And then he’s in the wheelchair but he doesn’t let the wheelchair restrict him, so sometimes he goes out with his friends.”
The wheelchair never stopped him from going out.
”He’s active,” he said. “But I never knew he had a gun because I would have talked with him.”
He tried to visit him in the hospital but was blocked by a police officer guarding the room.
An East Flatbush neighbor who lives a few houses down from where the shooting occurred complained that the area has been plagued with loud, late-night parties that would go from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. every weekend.
“Annoying is not the word,” said Victor Greaves, 76, who heard the gunshots. “We’re not used to this, especially on this block. It’s always been very quiet.”
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