A 27-year-old off-duty narcotics detective was shot at three times but not hit after he struggled with a gunman who tried to rob him last night.
Officer Jeffrey M. Jennings of the headquarters narcotics unit said he stopped at Charles and 20th streets shortly before midnight to make a call at a pay telephone.
Three men approached, one armed with a handgun.
While the gunman held the weapon to Officer Jennings' shoulder, he was frisked by one of the other men, who was searching for the officer's wallet.
When the man touched the officer's service weapon in his waistband, the policeman grabbed the gunman and struggled with him.
Officer Jennings then broke free and took cover as the gunman fired three shots. All three bullets struck his car.
The officer did not return fire as the assailants fled on foot.
Officer Jennings, a nine-year veteran of the department, was treated at Mercy Medical Center for a twisted knee and released.