NYPD officer, 31, shot in the back while on plainclothes patrol in the Bronx, with suspect, 24, taken into custody as city matches THIRD shooting of police officer in three months
A New York police officer was shot in the back on Tuesday while patrolling the Bronx as part of an anti-gun violence.
The 31-year-old officer, whose name has not been disclosed, was wearing civilian clothes and was shot in the lower back, the NYPD said, while chasing an armed suspect, the New York Times reported.
The shooting, which took place around 10:30 p.m. in the Soundview section of the Bronx, marks the third shooting of a police officer in New York in the past three months, according to the Times.
Police investigated evidence in the early morning hours on Wednesday after a 31-year-old police officer was shot while chasing a suspect
Police Chief Dermot F. Shea said at a press conference early Wednesday at the hospital where the officer was being treated that the officer was expected to survive.
He was wearing a body armor but was shot under the vest and is in “significant pain,” Shea said.
The 24-year-old suspect in Tuesday’s shooting was detained, police sources said. He was not named, but police said he had warrants for arrest in New York and New Jersey.
Fellow officers took the shot officer to a nearby hospital in the Bronx. A large group of them conducted an on-site investigation until the early Wednesday hours
Officers showed up to investigate the shooting of their fellow NYPD officer, an incident that marked the third shooting of an NYPD officer in as many months.
New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio visited the hospital, the Times reported.
“He’s one who goes out and puts his life on the line to protect other people in the most powerful way possible, by depriving criminals of their firearms,” deBlasio said. “Anyone who wants an example of how hard the NYPD works, how dedicated our agents are, you’ll see it tonight in the Bronx.”
Fellow officers took the officer, who has been in service for more than six years, to Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.
He was in stable condition on Wednesday.