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New York police officer seriously wounded in fifth cop shooting in as many months

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
New York police officer seriously wounded in fifth cop shooting in as many months

A New York police officer has been seriously wounded in the fifth cop shooting in as many months.

The plainclothes detective was shot while inside his car in the city, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said during a press conference.

Police officer Brian Moore (25) had surgery after being admitted to hospital and was said to be in a critical condition.

According to Commissioner Bratton, two officers were in an unmarked car when they saw a man adjust something on his belt, who they approached.

The man fired immediately, the police commissioner said, while the two officers were still in the car.

The alleged shooter was arrested just over an hour later.

This is the fifth shooting of an officer in New York in five months.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the police officer was "very, very seriously injured".

"It's a reminder of the dangers all of our officers face every single day," Mr de Blasio told a news conference at the hospital.

The shooting comes at a time of increased national focus both on the use of force by law enforcement officers and the dangers of police work.

On Friday, six officers were charged in the death of a Baltimore man who was injured while in police custody.