Police arrested a man who fired shots at them after they responded to a “man with a gun” call on a quiet Maspeth Street on Monday morning.
The suspect, who was taken into custody, was identified as Jeremy Clark, a 27-year-old New Hampshire man. Police say they ordered him to drop his weapon and he fired shots in their direction. He was wrestled to the ground and the weapon was recovered.
Clark awkwardly parked his red Dodge Dart at the corner of 61st Street and 56th Avenue and walked down 56th Avenue armed with a gun. A woman saw Clark and took cover in her vehicle, calling police.
He subsequently sought refuge in a home and was arrested a short time after that. One officer sustained an injury to his right hand during the course of the struggle and was treated and released from the hospital.
Maspeth resident Pawel Mackiewicz, a roofing manager that lives across the street, said he heard one shot fired and quickly came to see what the commotion was.
“I was in the house, I heard one shot and I look outside the house and there was three cops arresting one suspect,” Mackiewicz said. “After that, they told us to go inside the house.”
Mackiewicz said that he heard it was a residential burglary that took place across the street at a residence occupied by a woman and a child.
A second eyewitness, Lisa Jakuezcyk, said she believes a couple lives there with a child and the child’s grandfather. She also reported seeing at least one male suspect, who was bleeding when he was apprehended.
“I saw one suspect and six or so officers handling him,” Jakuezyck said. The suspect was bleeding but I don’t know if that was self-inflicted or during the scuffle when they were trying to arrest him.
She didn’t report any shots fired but said a lot of noise and commotion drew her attention to the street.
“I heard a lot of yelling and I assumed it was your run-of-the-mill commotion,” Jakuezyck said. “I looked outside and saw six cops on this one guy.”
All the commotion came as a surprise to Mackiewicz.
“It’s a really quiet neighborhood,” he said. “No problems.”
Clark faces charges of attempted murder, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment from the incident and was separately charged with burglary and felony assault.