Molotov cocktail thrown at NYPD officers after operating over man in East Flatbush, Brooklyn
EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn (WABC) – A man was arrested after throwing a chemical and a Molotov cocktail at officers when they pulled him over in Brooklyn on Saturday.
NYPD officials attempted to overtake a 2000 Lincoln Towncar driven by Lionel Virgile, 44, after it gave a red light just before 8 a.m. on Clarendon Road and East 45th Street in East Flatbush
It is said that Virgile threw a liquid chemical, possibly bleach or peroxide, in the face of an officer as he approached the car and then drove off.
When the Brooklyn police stopped a car that morning to run a red light, the driver threw a chemical at our officer before driving off. Paused again, the driver tossed a burning Molotov cocktail at the police and fled before crashing. The man was arrested and more Molotov cocktails were recovered. Pic.twitter.com/gQPrADEKJI
– NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 17, 2021
Police accused Virgile of possessing a destructive weapon on Saturday night.
Police released shocking body camera footage showing the moment Virgile got completely out of control.
According to the authorities, a car chase broke out and police officers pulled behind the car. Virgile then tossed a Molotov cocktail at the patrol car, which ricocheted off the vehicle.
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When Virgile tried to escape from the scene, he bumped into Snyder Ave. 5519 against a parked vehicle.
The Citizen app video showed the active police scene on Saturday morning.
The police were able to arrest the 44-year-old. When police checked the vehicle, they found several more homemade Molotov cocktails.
Officials are still trying to put the pieces together, but it appears that a routine traffic disruption led to the discovery of someone trying to injure police officers and perhaps target others. Officials say there were three other Molotov cocktail-like devices in his car and there could be writings in the vehicle.
Eyewitness News spoke only to the suspect’s brother, who says his brother is mentally unstable.
The brother says the suspect lived in his car, the same police station he was found in when they ran him over.
He says his brother was arrested about a month ago and the family hoped they would keep him in jail because he was “not in the right mood”. He says they asked for help many times.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted about the incident on Saturday afternoon.
This is another reminder of how quickly a situation can change and the dangers your cops face every day while protecting NYers.
Even after the arrest, the investigation into this attack remains active.
And your NYPD cops will not indulge in their mission to protect you. https://t.co/tuymwW6O4D
– Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) 17 April 2021
An officer was taken to the hospital for an examination. His vision was blurred.
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