Boyce Howard, who allegedly shot cop, is known gang member with rap sheet

The alleged gunman who exchanged gunfire with cops in Brooklyn Wednesday night — injuring one officer — is a known gang member with five prior arrests, according to police. 

The suspect, identified by police sources as Boyce Hayward, 26, is a member of the Young Stackers street gang, according to cops. 

He has five prior arrests, including for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance, authorities said. 

Hayward has tattoos with the words “Pray 4 Me” on both of his hands, police sources said.  

Two police officers and a sergeant were patrolling in an unmarked car around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at Macon Street and Howard Avenue in Bushwick when they spotted Hayward “walking briskly” and “blading his body,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a press conference early Thursday morning.

Boyce Hayward
Among Boyce Hayward’s five reported arrests include collars for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

When cops got out of the car, Hayward allegedly turned on them and opened fire. 

The cops returned fire — one of them letting off a dozen rounds and the other nine rounds, Shea said.

The officer that fired nine rounds, identified as Brian McGurran, 28, was struck three times — once in the bulletproof vest, which stopped the round, as well as in the buttocks and right leg, the top cop said. 

A perimeter is seen set up at the scene where Boyce Howard allegedly shot an NYPD cop.
A perimeter is seen set up at the scene where Boyce Howard allegedly shot an NYPD cop.
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McGurran, of Smithtown, Suffolk County, who has been on the force since April 2017, was taken to the Kings County Hospital Center where he is expected to make a full recovery.

Hayward was also hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the leg. 

NYPD officers at the scene well into Wednesday evening in Bedford-Stuyvesant after a fellow cop was shot.
NYPD officers at the scene well into Wednesday evening in Bedford-Stuyvesant after a fellow cop was shot.
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Authorities are investigating whether the incident is linked to an earlier fatal shooting five blocks away around 11:10 p.m. at Madison Street and Broadway in Bushwick — that killed a 28-year-old passenger and wounded a 21-year-old driver of a white 2015 BMW SUV.

Credit: NYPOST

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