Two NYPD officers were shot and wounded in the Bronx after responding to a call from a man with a gun on Wednesday night. The two officers were taken to Saint-Barnabé Hospital and are expected to recover. The suspect was also taken to Saint-Barnabé where he remains in serious condition after being hit while the two police officers retaliated.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea provided details of the shooting in a televised statement shortly after the incident unfolded.
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In her statement, Shea said, “We are very lucky tonight. If you think about it, it was the last New Years Eve, exactly one year ago, when two officers were shot in the 105th arrondissement, and they were released the next day. Looks like we’re on that track again here tonight, ”said Shea.
The incident took place in the Bronx in the 48e Pregnant. The suspect was sitting on the steps of an apartment when he was approached by the two officers. The suspect said very soon after being approached and immediately drew the gun.
“From start to finish it probably lasted two to three seconds,” said Shea. The suspect almost immediately drew a handgun and opened fire as a scuffle with the assailant ensued. The attacker was shot three times by the police. Shea says the bullet that hit an officer near the armpit was inches from a more tragic outcome.
The second officer was shot in the right arm. According to Shea, the suspect had a long criminal history and was in possession of a stolen handgun. Commissioner Shea said the handgun was reported stolen last year in Georgia and traveled to New York.
Mayor Bill De Blasio said the incident is just another highlighting the dangers of guns being brought into the city from elsewhere. “There are too many guns out there, this is another example of an out-of-state gun entering our town, injuring a New Yorker. This is something we need to do. manage in a completely different way. “
Wishing this very courageous officer and his family the happiest #Thanksgiving & a speedy recovery.
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