Off-Duty Cop Struck By Stray Bullet While Driving Home In The Bronx

October 30, 2018 - 2:40 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Police are looking for four suspects in connection to the shooting of an off-duty officer in the Bronx early Tuesday morning.

The incident happened at around midnight Tuesday when two groups of men confronted each other on East 137th Street in Mott Haven.

Police Commissioner Jim O’Neill said the 33-year-old officer was driving down the block when the groups exchanged gunfire. A bullet flew through his window and struck him in the right shoulder.

“He was off-duty, heading home after working 4-12 shift when a bullet fired between two separate groups came through his car window and struck him near his right shoulder,” O’Neill said.

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea explained that a total of 14 shots were fired, four vehicles were struck and one bullet shattered a window at a nearby residence.

The officer was the only person injured and was taken to Lincoln Hospital for treatment.

The suspects fled the scene on foot. They are described as four adult males, dark complexion, wearing dark-colored hooded sweatshirts, dark pants and dark shoes.

Police have released surveillance footage of the incident in an attempt to identify the suspects. There is a $12,500 reward being offered.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.