NEW YORK (AP) - Communication between police in Baltimore and New York City in the minutes before a dangerous fugitive killed two police officers points to the potential for lapses in urgent manhunts.

NEW YORK (AP) Communication between police in Baltimore and New York City in the minutes before a dangerous fugitive killed two police officers points to the potential for lapses in urgent manhunts.

Baltimore County police first contacted the NYPD by phone on Saturday afternoon. Then they sent a fax of a wanted flier for Ismaaiyl (IHSH'-mayl) Brinsley that arrived one minute before he opened fire Saturday.

Police officials insist the response was proper. They say that even if the NYPD had been warned sooner, the most the department could have done was radio a description of the suspect.

But Police Commissioner William Bratton also said he found irony in the fact that the shooting came when the NYPD is moving forward with a $160 million program to make information sharing instantaneous.