NYPD officers injured: Migrant suspect suspected of shooting two New York police officers faces trial from hospital bed

EAST ELMHURST, Queens (WABC) – The man accused of shooting two NYPD officers in Queens will be arraigned from his hospital bed on Wednesday morning.

Police said there had been encounters with police officers from other states in the past.

Bernardo Raul Castro-Mata, 19, will be arraigned at 10 a.m.

The Venezuelan migrant faces several charges, including two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault, illegal possession of weapons, resistance to state authority and obstruction of state administration.

Eyewitness News cameras rolled as the migrant, who entered Texas through Eagle Pass just last year, was carried into an ambulance after being shot in the ankle after bullets flew early Monday morning.

It happened as officers were investigating a pattern of robberies in East Elmhurst.

They then tried to stop the suspect on a scooter who was driving in the wrong direction.

The pursuit continued on foot when the suspect allegedly shot Officer Christopher Abreu in the thigh and Officer Richard Yarusso, who suffered a graze to the abdomen and a wound to his bulletproof vest.

Two NYPD officers injured in a shootout with a suspect in East Elmhurst were released from the hospital Monday.

The officers then returned fire.

ICE confirmed that Mata's immigration case was dismissed by a federal judge last month, and Mayor Eric Adams believes people who commit crimes should be held accountable.

“People who commit serious crimes should not be allowed to stay in our city after they have served their sentence and gone through the legal process,” Adams said. “Far too many people come here to pursue the American dream. We should be here to enable them to achieve that dream. They are an obstacle to that dream.”

On Tuesday, NYPD brass appeared on Eyewitness News Mornings @ 10 and told us that the video pulled from officers' body cameras was dramatic and showed a physical altercation between the officers and Mata.

NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell and Deputy Chief of Operations Kaz Daughtry spoke with the Eyewitness News Mornings @ 10 team about recent crimes in New York City and the NYPD's actions to combat them.

The arraignment will take place at 10 a.m. in the courthouse. Mata will participate via video while he recovers at a local hospital.

Watch the full press conference with officials about the shooting:

Mayor Adams and Police Commissioner Caban join others in providing an update on the shooting.


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