New York City man shot after he jumps into police car and steals officer's gun
Police officer standing behind yellow caution tape (Shutterstock)

A 25-year-old man suspected of jumping into an unmarked New York City police car, stealing a sergeant's gun and exchanging gunfire with officers was taken into custody early on Sunday, police said.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is accused of getting into the back seat of a police car stopped at a traffic light in the borough of Brooklyn, police said in a statement.

He struggled with a plainclothes sergeant sitting in the front passenger seat and stole her gun before exiting the car and attempting to flee, police said.

The man was then confronted by uniformed patrol officers and exchanged gunfire with them before being struck in the torso and lower leg, police said.

The suspect was also transported to the hospital, where he was in critical but stable condition, police said. Charges are pending against him.

No police were hurt, but the sergeant and three other police force members were taken to hospital to be treated for ringing in their ears, police said.

(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Editing by Stephen Powell)