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  • An off-duty cop who works in Queens shot and wounded a man who he says tried to rob him in Brooklyn, authorities say[hhmc]

  • The man is in stable condition at an area hospital after the cop fired two rounds, one of them striking the would-be robber in the mouth[hhmc]

  • The two knew one another and had been in some sort of dispute before the shooting, according to authorities[hhmc]

An NYPD sergeant on his way to work shot a 21-year-old man who he later told police walked up to him in Brooklyn and said something like, "You're gonna die tonight," before pretending he had a gun and trying to rob him, authorities and sources familiar with the investigation tell News 4.

The 40-year-old sergeant, who works in Queens, told police he was was walking toward his car, west on East New York's Livonia Avenue, around 5 a.m. Thursday when the man approached him. The officer was wearing plainclothes at the time.

Law enforcement officials tell News 4 the officer and the man knew one another and had some sort of prior dispute. The nature of the dispute has not been revealed.

According to police, the officer said the man threatened him and acted as though he had a gun, though he never showed a weapon.

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The sergeant told police he said "don't rob me" and offered the man his cellphone instead. Then he pulled out the gun and fired twice, striking the man in the chin, authorities said.

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The man is hospitalized in stable condition; it wasn't clear if he had any weapon on him. The sergeant wasn't hurt.

Chopper 4 was first over the scene and showed police activity underneath the train tracks.

The investigation is ongoing.

–Jonathan Dienst contributed to this report.

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