Cops shot and killed a masked shooter in Brooklyn who engaged them in a running gun battle early Monday, officials said.
The wild shootout began about 2:30 a.m. when three cops came across the man dressed in a mask near Howard Ave. and Dumont Ave. in Brownsville and tried to speak with him.
The man fled and then turned and fired gunshots at two officers in a police car, authorities said. A third officer who had left the car exchanged gunfire with the guman, who continued to flee.
About 30 minutes later, a resident told police the gunman was trying to break into a backyard on Howard Ave.
Cops moved to get into the backyard and found themselves being shot at, officials said. They returned fire. The cops were pinned down.
Emergency Service officers then entered the back yard and faced more gunfire. Rounds fired by officers hit the gunman. He was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital where he died.
The gunman’s name was not immediately released.
A semiautomatic handgun was recovered at the scene. In all, seven cops fired their guns.
“The great work by our cops today demonstrates, once again, how they never hesitate to go into harm’s way to keep our city safe,” NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said.