After a “gun war” broke out in the Bronx on Wednesday evening, two New York City Police officers were shot but are expected to recover fully.
The culprit, who was not immediately recognised, was also wounded and had surgery, but is expected to survive, according to police.
The whole event was captured on body camera footage, said to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who spoke at a news conference from St. Barnabas Hospital on Wednesday. The two cops were responding to a complaint from a member of the community who was concerned about a man in the neighbourhood carrying a gun.
“They’re walking up there, debating tactically how they’ll approach,” Shea said of the officers, “and they instantly face this man who’s sitting on the front doorstep of the building.” “They’re in a gunfight in a matter of seconds.”
According to Shea, a female police officer was shot twice in the right arm and a male police officer was hit in the right armpit area. The suspect was struck three times, according to Shea, and has a history of past offences.
According to Shea, the pistol was reported stolen in Georgia last year. The body cam footage was not immediately released, but according to Shea, it appears that the suspect fired the initial shot, which hit the female officer in the arm.
“The quickness with which it happens strikes you as you watch that film,” Shea added. “And the indifference to human life.”
The public should expect to learn more about the two policemen in the coming days, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. He is, nevertheless, grateful that they are still alive.
“I want to express my gratitude that these two are OK, and it appears that they will make a full recovery,” de Blasio told reporters.
“We also have to acknowledge that there are too many firearms out there,” the mayor added. “Another example of a gun from out of state coming into our city hurts a New Yorker.” “We have to deal with this in a whole different way.”
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