New York police officer critical after being shot in the head in Queens
Police at shooting scene (Zoran Karapancev / Shutterstock.com)

An NYPD police officer was shot and critically wounded in Queens on Saturday afternoon, the New York Times reports.


The unnamed plainclothes anti-crime officer was shot at the corner of 212th St. and 104th Rd. in Queens Village around 6:15 p.m. when he responded to a report of a person with a gun, said the police. The suspect was on foot and shot at a team of anti-crime officers and at least one was hit, said Stephen Davis, NYPD's top spokesperson.

A massive manhunt was underway, according to the Daily News. Police blocked exits to the Belt Parkway in the hope of containing the shooter, sources told the Daily News. The residents in the area surrounding the scene of the shooting said that they saw SWAT and K9 teams searching the area.

The wounded officer was sent to Jamaica Hospital in a patrol car. He was listed in critical but stable condition, and his injuries were not life-threatening, a high-ranking police source told the Daily News.

This was the fifth officer shot in New York City in the last five months, according to the New York Post.