NYPD Officer Shot, Domestic Violence Suspect Killed On Staten Island

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 17, 2019 - 12:27 pm
Staten Island shooting

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A police officer was injured and a domestic violence suspect killed during an exchange of gunfire on Staten Island on Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened on Prince Street near Vanderbilt Avenue in the Stapleton section of the borough.

Police Commissioner James O'Neill said a woman called police around 8:20 a.m. to report a past domestic assault and when officers went to arrest the suspect he became combative and violently resisted arrest.

"During the struggle, an NYPD taser was deployed hitting the suspect's back," O'Neill said. "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 a police officer fired three shots in return.

The suspect was killed and a gun was recovered at the scene.

During the exchange of gunfire, O'Neill said a female officer, who joined the department in 2016, was shot in the left hand. She was taken to Richmond University Medical Center in stable condition and is undergoing surgery.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the officer 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."

The 39-year-old suspect had a history of committing violent crimes. He previously served 5 years in prison in connection with another shooting on Staten Island.