The violence shattered a sunny Saturday on Staten Island. It all started when plainclothes officers with the gang squad tried to stop the driver of a Camry who they believed had a gun.
Instead of cooperating, police say the driver used his car to pin down a detective.
Investigators say the suspect, 33-year old Clinton James, then tried to reach for his loaded .44 caliber revolver, but another officer fired before he could grab it, striking the suspect in the upper body.
"I saw a man shooting towards the left at somebody with a gun and I said 'oh my god' and I stopped," said eyewitness Gladys George.
The initial stop happened on Manor Road near North Gannon Avenue, but it didn't end there.
The suspect tried to flee, but instead crashed his car into a utility pole a few blocks away on Gansevort and North Gannon. He then fled on foot, but was caught by cops.
Police say James has a long rap sheet for crimes including robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
He is listed in stable condition at Richmond University Medical Center. No police officers were seriously injured ---