NEW YORK (AP) — A man charged with shooting at a New York City police officer whose gun belt deflected the bullet says he acted out of fear for his life.
Luis Martinez testified Monday at his attempted murder trial in Manhattan. He calls his February 2012 confrontation with officers "a terrible thing" that he regrets daily. But he says he reacted because he didn't recognize them as officers and thought he was going to be killed.
Detective Thomas Richards testified earlier that he approached Martinez to ask what he was doing. Richards says Martinez pulled a gun and fired. Richards says he shot back.
Martinez says he was accosted by men he didn't realize were police. They arrived in an unmarked van but were uniformed.
Martinez was shot in the buttocks.