Police say a man has been hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the chest by an officer in the Bronx.
New York City Police say officers had been responding to a report of a man with a gun Sunday afternoon when the shooting occurred. The man was taken to Lincoln Hospital.
Two officers were taken to a hospital for treatment of ringing in their ears.
Chief of Department Terence Monahan delivered the following remarks:
The information I’m about to give you is preliminary as this incident only happened a few hours ago.
Tonight at approximately 6:50 p.m., two 44 precinct uniformed officers that were assigned to an overtime shooting reduction post in the vicinity of 166th Street and Summit Ave when they approached an individual who had just broken the right rear window of a white BMW parked opposite of 1093 Summit Ave. The officers began to question the individual, who produced keys that were not for that vehicle. As the officers began to put the individual under arrest, a struggle ensued. The officers were equipped with body worn cameras which were both on, and it captures the suspect saying and I quote, “I have a gun, (expletive), die”. It was at this point one officer discharged his service weapon two times, striking the individual in the torso and the hip. A loaded 9mm Ruger was recovered. As the suspect was being taken into custody, audio from the body worn camera of the officer captures him stating to other officers that the suspect had placed the gun to his chest. The suspect was transported to Lincoln Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition and is currently in surgery. Both officers were transported to an area hospital for observation. This incident once again demonstrates the dangers of police work and how an incident can quickly escalate. Fortunately, our officers were not shot or seriously injured today.
(AP / YWN World Headquarters – NYC)