Bronx shooting off-duty cop

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NYPD: Off-Duty Police Officer Accidentally Shoots Self After Bronx Car Crash

July 21, 2018 - 11:30 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- An off-duty Hempstead police officer accidentally shot himself and two suspects after a car accident in the Bronx.

Police said the incident happened just after 6 a.m. Saturday morning on Sedgwick Avenue in the University Heights area of the borough.

As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reported, the officer’s car was hit from behind, though neither car had any visible damage.

Police said shortly after the car, with a license plate indicating the owner is a recipient of a Purple Heart, was struck, the drivers exited the vehicles and guns were drawn.

The off-duty cop, who works for the Hempstead Village Police Department in Nassau County, accidentally shot himself and suffered a graze wound to his leg, police said. He was taken to St. Barnabus Hospital for treatment.

The two men from the other car were also shot and taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital. All injuries were said to be non-life-threatening.

The two suspects are currently in police custody with charges pending.