NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Officers shot and critically injured a man who had fired at officers and sprayed graffiti in the Bronx, the NYPD said early Sunday.
The sergeant and two officers were on patrol near E. 153rd Street and Third Avenue in the Melrose around 12:35 a.m. Sunday when they saw two men spray-painting graffiti at 677 Elton Ave., Chief of Department Terence Monahan said during an early morning press conference.
The officers stopped their vehicle and approached the two men, who then fled on foot, Monahan said.
After a brief chase, one of the officers was able to grab one of the suspects, but as the officers struggled to arrest him, the suspect pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and fired at least three times at the officers, Monahan said.
“It was then that all three officers engaged the man returning fire, striking him numerous times,” Monahan said.
The man was taken to Lincoln Hospital in critical condition.
Monahan said a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.
“The suspect's gun does appear to have been shot and damaged during the exchange of gunfire,” Monahan said.
The NYPD release an image of the gun, which appeared to be damaged.
Police said they’re still searching for the second man. Citizen App video shows police investigating at the scene.
The three officers were not injured but were taken to an area hospital for observation.
Monahan said he and the NYPD’s Force Investigation Division had reviewed the officers’ body-worn cameras. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
“Tonight's shooting underscores the dangers our brave cops face every day as they keep people safe,” Monahan said. “Whether they are stopping someone who is making graffiti or responding to a known shooting, there are too many guns on the streets of New York City.”