NYPD Officer Hurt In Staten Island Shootout Released From Hospital

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 18, 2019 - 2:44 pm
NYPD Officer Vanesa Medina



NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — An NYPD officer injured during a shootout with a domestic violence suspect has been released from the hospital.

Officer Vanesa Medina, a three-year veteran of the force, was discharged from Richmond University Medical Center on Wednesday to a standing ovation from her fellow officers and loved ones.

She and other officers responded to a domestic violence call in the Stapleton section of Staten Island on Tuesday morning.

When they tried to apprehend the suspect, police said he became combative and violently resisted arrest.

"During the struggle, an NYPD taser was deployed hitting the suspect's back," Police Commissioner Jame O'Neill told reporters Tuesday. "The man pulled out a gun and the officers, showing no hesitation, grabbed his hands to direct muzzle away away from everyone."

The man then fired two rounds and police fired three shots in return, killing the 39-year-old suspect who had a long criminal record and served 5 years in prison for a 2004 shooting.

Medina was shot in the left hand and underwent surgery at Richmond University Medical Center.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Medina acted heroically, bravely and professionally.

"Our officer did everything that she was trained to do, put herself in harm's way and did an exemplary job," the mayor said. "What she did is an example to us all of how proud we should be of the men and women of the NYPD."