An NYPD officer was shot and injured in the Bronx on Tuesday night but is expected to make a full recovery, officials said.
The 31-year-old officer was driving through the Soundview section of the Bronx around 10:29 p.m. as part of the Gun Violence Suppression Division.
Members of the division encountered a 24-year-old man near Lafayette Avenue and White Plains Road and initiated a stop, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a press conference, adding that all information was preliminary.
“In the course of seconds, what we know, is that our officer we believe fired one round. We believe the perpetrator fired four rounds, and during that exchange of gunfire, our officer was struck what we believe is one time in the lower back below his bulletproof vest,” Shea said.
The officer, who has been with the department six and a half years, was taken to Jacobi Medical Center.
Police said a firearm was recovered at the scene and that an investigation into the shooting is ongoing. The suspect was taken into custody and was not injured, according to multiple reports.
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