Police Shoot Man in East Harlem

An East Harlem man was wounded by the police early Sunday after he opened fire on three sergeants and an officer, the police said.

The man, Matthew Melendez, 18, was struck three times in the torso and arm, according to the police. He was reported in stable condition at Harlem Hospital Center on Sunday night. Mr. Melendez, who lives on Madison Avenue, was charged with attempted murder, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a loaded firearm and reckless endangerment, the police said.

Officials said that the four officers, who were all in civilian clothes, noticed the man on East 119th Street and Lexington Avenue about 3:15 a.m. He was adjusting his belt, they said, as if he might have a weapon, and when they approached him, he fled. He ran east on 119th Street, the police said, and when he got to Third Avenue, he turned and fired an automatic pistol at his pursuers.

Two sergeants and the officer fired back, while the man continued running, officials said, and the man was apprehended at 120th Street and Third Avenue. None of the officers was hit, but they were taken to a hospital for evaluation, the police said. The officers were not identified.

The suspect fired three rounds, and the pursuing officers returned fire with a total of 13 rounds, according to a law enforcement official who requested anonymity because of the continuing investigation.

The circumstances of the shooting will be examined by the department’s Firearms Discharge Review Board to determine if it fell within the guidelines for the use of deadly physical force, a law enforcement official said.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office will also look into the episode, which is standard procedure in shootings involving the police.

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