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(NEW YORK) — A plainclothes New York Police Department officer was in critical condition Saturday night after he was shot by a man who opened fire on his unmarked car, city officials said.

Officer Brian Moore, a five-year veteran, was on duty with his partner Eric Jansen, 30, as part of an anti-crime unit in the Queens Village section of the city when he was shot at around 6:15 p.m., police said.

Moore and his partner were in their unmarked patrol car when they saw a man walking in the street adjust something in the waistband of his pants that appeared to be a gun, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Saturday night.

When the officers told the man to stop, he turned, pulled out a gun and began shooting into the car, Bratton said.

Moore, 25, was shot in the face, and was rushed by police cruiser to Jamaica Hospital Center, where he was visited by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Mayor @BilldeBlasio is at Jamaica Hospital Center, where an NYPD Officer was taken after sustaining a gunshot wound this evening.

— NYC Mayor’s Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) May 3, 2015

Please keep the injured police officer, his family, and the entire New York City Police Department in your thoughts tonight.

— NYC Mayor’s Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) May 3, 2015

“It is a painful day for all of us,” said de Blasio.

Moore listed in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery.

The suspect fled on foot, sparking a massive manhunt through the neighborhood, with officers searching houses, on roofs, in backyards, and checking under cars.

Witnesses told police that a man matching the suspect’s description had gone into a house, and the suspect, identified as Demetrius Blackwell, was arrested there, Bratton said.

Bratton said Blackwell has a long arrest record.

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton tweeted on Saturday night that the officer’s family was at the hospital.

Our injured officer who was shot tonight while keeping NYC safe is in our prayers. At Jamaica Hospital now with family.

— Commissioner Bratton (@CommissBratton) May 3, 2015


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