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Off-duty agent shoots alleged thief

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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:02 pm

An off-duty FBI agent fired at three men who were allegedly breaking into a car on a residential street in South Ozone Park around dawn on Wednesday, hitting one of them in the lower back.

The agent called 911 at 5:17 a.m. on Wednesday to report the three men who were allegedly trying to break into a car near the front of his house at 130th Street and Sutter Avenue in South Ozone Park. He then confronted the men and they fled in a black car after the agent opened fire. Although one of the men was shot in the back, the other two were uninjured. The NYPD would not release the name of the agent.

The car the three men were allegedly breaking into may have belonged to either the agent or his wife. Police canvassed area hospitals looking for the suspects.

All three suspects were later found at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, about six miles from the scene of the shooting, where the man who was shot sought treatment for his injuries. The two who were not injured were taken into custody, while the third man is in stable condition and is expected to recover.

The investigation is ongoing.

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