For Police Sgt. Kevin Brennan, his visit to the Bushwick Houses on Tuesday was supposed to be uneventful. He was there to familiarize himself with where he had been on the night of Jan. 31, 2012, when he was shot in the head. The trial of the man charged with trying to murder him is approaching, and Sergeant Brennan needed to prepare.
So there he was, with his old partner and two assistant district attorneys in tow.
And then police work intervened. As they were driving away from the Bushwick Houses, a hulking public-housing complex on the Williamsburg-Bushwick border in Brooklyn, Sergeant Brennan’s partner, Officer Michael Burbridge, recognized two men who were suspects in a recent home-invasion robbery.
As the excited prosecutors watched, the two policemen ordered the men up against a fence, Sergeant Brennan said. The one Sergeant Brennan approached seemed to be standing unnaturally, keeping part of his body as far away as possible from the officer as Sergeant Brennan frisked him.
“I felt the butt end of a firearm on his waistband,” Sergeant Brennan said. He immobilized the man’s arms as Officer Burbridge assisted him with the arrest.
The two suspects, Tyrrell Woods, 23, and Joseph Roman, 17, were arrested on robbery and weapons charges, the police said.
Sergeant Brennan said that he returned to police work a few months ago and was working in the department’s secretive Intelligence Division. He said he continued to have some vision problems and nerve damage to his spinal cord.
Sergeant Brennan said that as he made the arrest, he was focused on the job at hand; his mind did not drift back to the night last year when a man he was grappling with shot him at point-blank range behind his right ear.
“Today happened so fast, I wasn’t thinking of anything,” he said. “When Mike said they were wanted, we went to grab them and it was like old times again, when me and Mike used to work before I was hurt.”