Justin Vartanian


Officer Shot In Gunfight Leaves Hospital To Sea Of Applause

April 19, 2019 - 12:55 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — An NYPD officer who was shot in the armpit during a gunfight in Washington Heights left the hospital Friday morning to a standing ovation from fellow officers.

Officer Justin Vartanian was wounded Thursday afternoon while responding to a 911 call of shots fired at West 187th Street and Wadsworth Avenue.

According to Police Commissioner James O’Neill, when he and his partner arrived at the scene, the suspect fled with a firearm in his hand to a parking lot on Broadway, where the gunfight ensued.

The suspect fired shots at both Vartanian and his partner. Vartanian was shot in the armpit while the perpetrator was stuck one time in the chest.

Vartanian was transported to Mount Sinai-St. Luke’s Hospital, which he left late Friday morning to a loud ovation and applause from his fellow police officers.

The NYPD posted video of his departure on Twitter and wished Vartanian “a full and speedy recovery.”

The suspect’s identity has not been revealed. He was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Thursday evening.