NYPD cop fired shot that hit officer in Brooklyn sting
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NYPD cop fired shot that hit officer in Brooklyn sting

An NYPD sergeant fired the bullet that wounded another cop during a heroin buy-and-bust that went bad on a Brooklyn street, sources said Wednesday.

Sgt. Sean Honstetter, an 11-year veteran, accidentally shot plainclothes Detective Jon Gladstone during the Tuesday night scuffle where one of the suspects took three gunshots, sources said.

A pair of suspected drug dealers sparked the gunfire when they tried to run down both cops with a minivan after an $80 undercover heroin purchase on Wilson Ave. near Troutman St., police said.

The two officers were graduates of the same Police Academy class in January 2005. Gladstone, of Brooklyn North Narcotics, was shot in the shoulder and rushed to Elmhurst Hospital — where he was expected to make a full recovery.

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It was the third friendly-fire shooting of a city cop in the first three months of 2016.

Both Gladstone and Honstetter, who turned 33 on Wednesday, fired at the suspects as they tried to flee the scene in a minivan.

Suspect Oscar Vera, 45, was struck once in the leg and twice in the arm before the minivan slammed into another vehicle and came to a halt in Bushwick. Cops said he was behind the wheel and had a rap sheet with 58 prior arrests.

The bleeding Vera was arrested along with suspect Geraldo Rodriguez, 51. Honstetter and Gladstone fired four shots between them Tuesday night, cops said.

The two cops had pulled their vehicle in front of the minivan as a second police car pulled up from behind, blocking any escape route.

When the two officers left their vehicle and identified themselves as cops, the minivan driver put the vehicle in reverse, slammed into the second police car and then drove forward.

Gladstone was partially inside the minivan as it lurched around the crime scene before crashing, cops said.

grayman@nydailynews.com

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