Brooklyn, NYC - New York Police Officer Dalsh Veve is clinging to life after being dragged for two-and-a-half blocks by the driver of a stolen car Saturday night.
According to the New York Daily News, the incident occurred about 11:50 PM at Tilden Avenue and 53rd Street. Six plainclothes NYPD officers had responded to reports of shots fired, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill. Police quickly determined that the callers had actually heard fireworks coming from a nearby party.
Officer Veve was talking to the occupants of a black Honda Civic, which was parked at a fire hydrant across from the party when the 15-year-old driver suddenly accelerated and began dragging him west on Tilden Avenue. He opened fire twice while he was dragged two-and-a-half blocks, and finally was able to fall away from the Honda when it turned right on 53rd Street.
The Honda made it one more block before it crashed, and all three occupants fled. It had been stolen on May 16 in Long Island while its driver made a pizza delivery.
Officer Veve was rushed to Kings County Hospital where he is being treated for a head injury. He is in critical condition.
Officer Dalsh Veve is a nine-year veteran of NYPD, and is the father of a two-year-old girl.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said “Officer Dalsh Veve right now is fighting for his life." He said, “He represents the American dream. An immigrant child came here, joined the greatest police force in the country and has been an exemplary officer. And right now he is fighting to survive."
The 15-year-old driver walked into Brookdale University Hospital a short time later with a gunshot wound to his face, where he is now listed in serious condition. Police said that he has an extensive criminal history despite his age.
The other two occupants, a 30-year-old man and an 18-year-old girl, were located a short time later and taken into custody by officers searching the area. Charges are pending against all three suspects. Their names have not been released.
The host of the party declined to give her name, said that she didn't know what was going on, and asked why she would have fireworks at a birthday party for a two-year-old.
City Councilman Mathieu Eugene visited the officer in the hospital, and said that "the officer was sleeping after a successful surgery." The councilman grew up across the street from the officer in their native Haiti. He described Officer Veve's family as "very respectful people, very nice, well-educated people."
Officer Veve's aunt, Deliverance Veve, said that he had come to America when he was 12-years-old. She said that "he always wanted to be a police officer."
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "Never underestimate the danger and the heroism of a police officer. And their families are in our thoughts and prayers also."
Our thoughts and prayers are with NYPD Officer Dalsh Veve, and his family.