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Cops: carjacker in hospital

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Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 12:00 pm

Howard Freire, 46, attempted to carjack an 89-year-old man in Corona last Thursday, police said, before he was shot in a dramatic foot chase involving plainclothes officers.

At about 2 p.m., Freire approached the driver, who was sitting in his parked car across the street from 102-14 Christie Ave., police said. Freire allegedly then announced he was carjacking the man, and struck him with a gun, cutting his arm.

Two strangers came to the car owner’s help, at which point Freire ran away, the police said. Plainclothes officers riding in an unmarked car in the area recognized the suspect as matching a description transmitted to units enroute to the scene.

The officers gave chase on foot, cornering Freire in a driveway at 96-28 Ave. Police said that as the officers approached, ordering him to drop his weapon, Freire turned towards them.

One officer fired a single round which struck Freire in the lower torso, according to police.

Freire was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where hospital officials said he was in stable condition as of Tuesday. He has yet to be arraigned and charges are pending.

The 89-year-old man who was saved by good samaritans was taken to New York Hospital Queens in stable condition.

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