1. How was this guy shot 23 times and not only survived, but he's walking around a few days later with only a sling and some bandages?
2. An officer shot another officer in the vest? How can you miss the suspect that bad?
Angel Alvarez, hit 23 times in Harlem shootout with cops, held without bail on weapons charges
The man who survived being shot 23 times in a hail of police bullets was held without bail Monday on weapons charges.
Cops had sought to have Angel Alvarez hit with an attempted murder rap for allegedly firing at cops during the Harlem melee; one officer was struck in his bulletproof vest and the other was grazed on the hand.
But Manhattan prosecutors said that while the evidence showed Alvarez had wrested the weapon away from another man during a fight - they couldn't prove he shot at cops.
Alvarez's lawyers insist he never fired the gun. Prosecutors said they were continuing to investigate.
Alvarez, 24, was charged with three counts of weapons possession and was held without bail because of a prior weapons conviction in which he tried to run over a cop with a car.
Alvarez miraculously survived after being shot 23 times in the wild August 8 gun battle in Harlem. He was arrested early Sunday following his release from the hospital.
Alvarez appeared in court with his right arm in a sling and bandages on his wrists and ankles.
The chaotic shooting began when Alvarez got into a fight with Luis Soto at a Harlem block party.
Cops believe the 22-year-old Soto had a .38 caliber pistol in his waistband, but when he drew it, Alvarez wrested it away.
When four officers arrived to break it up, they say Alvarez fired at them prompting them to unload 46 shots in return.
Soto, who was hit five times, was killed.
The two officers were also hit in the exchange, as well as three bystanders.
Cops at first said Soto had been killed by a shot fired by Alvarez, but ballistics tests later showed the fatal shot came from a police gun. Tests also showed the bullet that struck the officer on the vest came from a police gun.
All four cops have been placed on desk duty while the investigation continues
"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."
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