2 Police Officers Shot, 1 Suspect Killed in Bronx, New York

2 Police Officers Shot, 1 Suspect Killed in Bronx, New York

NEW YORK  — Two NYPD officers were shot Thursday night in the Melrose Houses development in the Bronx, and one suspect was killed by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot afterward.

A second suspect was apprehended, but a third was still on the loose late Thursday.

Around 8 p.m., the officers were shot and wounded in a Melrose Houses building at 320 E. 156th St., according to police First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker.

Three officers had been conducting a vertical patrol in a sixth-floor stairwell in the public housing building when they found two suspects, one of whom opened fire and wounded the two officers, Tucker said.

Responding officers found one suspect dead inside a seventh-floor apartment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Tucker said.

One officer, a man, suffered a graze wound to the face and his condition was reported as stable, police said.

The other officer, a woman, was wounded in the torso and was in serious condition. She was being operated on late Thursday.

The officers were being treated at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center.

The suspect who was taken into in custody was also being treated at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center.

Several others were taken into the 40th Precinct station for questioning, Tucker said.

The officers both worked in Police Area 7, and have been on the force for two years, he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center that he had met with the family of one of the officers, while the other family was on the way.

“It’s another example of what officers confront every single day in keeping us safe on the streets of our city, and in the stairwells and hallways of our public housing developments,” de Blasio said.

The shooting happened less than five miles from where Mayor Bill de Blasio was delivering his State of the City speech. De Blasio rushed to the hospital immediately after delivering the address.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch also said the shooting was evidence of the dangers of patrolling public housing, and should serve as a reminder that police officers need public support.

“We need your support to teach your young ones that pulling a gun on a police officer works for no one,” Lynch said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also tweeted well wishes.

Meanwhile, there was a massive mobilization of officers on 156th Street near Morris Avenue. Police helicopters and spotlights were seen searching the scene.

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