Police Shooting Washington Heights

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Suspect Killed, Officer Wounded During Gunfight In Washington Heights

April 18, 2019 - 8:41 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — An NYPD officer was shot in the armpit and a suspect was killed during a gunfight in Washington Heights Thursday afternoon.

According to NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, the incident happened at 4:30 p.m. when officers from the 34th Precinct responded to a 911 call of shots fired at West 187th Street and Wadsworth Avenue.

When police arrived, O’Neill said the suspect ran from the scene with a gun in his hand and officers pursued to a parking lot on Broadway.

“The suspect then runs to the rear of the parking lot and takes a position behind the last parked car. Our officer takes cover behind a vehicle three cars away,” the commissioner said. “The suspect then fired three rounds at the officer, who was struck in the right armpit. The wounded officer fires back one time.”

Meanwhile, the wounded officer’s partner drove his unmarked police vehicle into the parking lot and took a position near the car before the suspect fired one shot, which punctured the windshield of the car.

“The second officer then fires three rounds at the suspect. The perpetrator was struck one time in the chest,” O’Neill said.

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The suspect was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

“This afternoon provided us all with another reminder of how brave and dedicated police officers face grave threats everyday keeping this city safe,” Commissioner O’Neill said of the incident.

Mayor Bill de Blasio also noted that he spent some time with some officers from the 34th Precinct and said each of them was in “good shape and good spirits.”

“These officers did everything right to protect the people of this community and put themselves in harm’s way,” de Blasio said. “They are very, very impressive young men. Very brave young men, that we’re very proud of.”  

The suspect and the officer’s identities were not immediately released.

“This was a fast, intense episode, thank god it turned out the way it did,” the mayor said, noting it could be much worse.

The investigation remains ongoing.