Bronx police involved shooting


Suspect Hospitalized After Police-Involved Shooting In The Bronx

July 07, 2019 - 11:28 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Police say a man caught breaking into a car in the Bronx was shot by an arresting officer and has been hospitalized.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan says two officers questioned a man who had broken the rear window of a BMW shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday on West 166th Street and Summit Avenue in the Highbridge section of the borough.

The man showed the officers keys that were not for the vehicle and Monahan said as they started to put him under arrest, a struggle ensued.

During the arrest, Monahan says an officer's body camera captures the suspect saying "I have a gun, (expletive), die.'' One of the officers discharged his service weapon twice, striking the man in his torso and hip.

Monahan said audio from the officer's body camera captures him stating to other officers that the suspect had placed the gun to his chest.

"If you’re not standing there, you don’t see the suspect is armed with a gun, a 9 mm,” said Monahan. “He says quite clearly on the tape, ‘I have a gun, die.’”

 A loaded 9 mm Ruger was recovered.

 Police say the man was in stable condition undergoing surgery at Lincoln Hospital.

 The officers were taken to a hospital for observation.

"This incident once again demonstrates the dangers of police work and how an incident can quickly escalate," Monahan said. "Fortunately, our officers were not shot or seriously injured today."

The man, who wasn't identified, is said to be in his 50s.