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June 19, 2019

Gunman who shot at cops during wild Brooklyn chase gets 20 years to life

January 10, 2019
Frederick (Jamal) Funes was sentenced to 20 years to life. (Handout)

A gunman was sentenced to 20 years to life Wednesday for targeting NYPD officers — one of whom survived because of his bulletproof vest — during a wild Brooklyn chase.

Frederick (Jamal) Funes, a 37-year-old career criminal with a record spanning two decades, brandished a silver Magnum .357 revolver during an unhinged confrontation in Bedford-Stuyvesant early Feb. 20, 2016.


The Egg Harbor, N.J.. resident — who returned to his rowdy, drug-fueled ways after a divorce, his ex-wife told the Daily News — fired a shot from inside his Nissan Maxima near Quincy St. and Malcolm X. Blvd.

He then turned the corner and pointed the gun at two officers inside a marked police car, leading them on a chase. He pointed the gun at an MTA bus driver who he may have mistook for a cop, then at a group of officers in an unmarked police car.

He headed the wrong way down Lexington Ave., rammed a marked police car, and started shooting.

A half-dozen cops fired more than 30 shots, striking Fumes several times. One of Funes’ bullets hit Detective Andrew Yurkiw in the chest, but was blocked by his bulletproof vest. Officer William Reddin was struck in the hip during the exchange.

In September, Funes climbed to the rafters in a Rikers Island gym and threatened to jump, but was convinced to land on an inflatable pillow. He pleaded guilty to attempted murder in November.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun handed down Wednesday’s sentence.

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