Woman, Girl Injured During Wild Police Shootout With Drug Suspect In The Bronx

December 06, 2018 - 7:38 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A woman and a 12-year-old girl were injured Wednesday night when police and a gunman exchanged fire in the University Heights section of the Bronx.

According to police, two plainclothes officers spotted a man running toward them wearing a mask over his face and carrying a backpack. As one of the officers approached the man, he pulled out a firearm and shot at the officer at the corner of West 183 Street and Loring Place, police said.

"They just saw him running out of the building, mask over his face, clutching a backpack to his front, like this, which was extremely suspicious. One officer jumps out, goes to approach him and that's when he pulls out the gun and turns on him," said Chief of Department Terence Monahan.

The officer chased after the suspect and returned gunfire. The suspect was shot once in the neck and once in the foot and was taken into custody as he approached Fordham Road. He was transported to Saint Barnabas Hospital, in non-life-threatening condition.

Bronx drug suspect's backpack: NYPD
During the shootout, a woman was struck by a bullet in the stomach. She was taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital for treatment and is in stable condition. A 12-year old girl was also hit by bullet fragments in her leg. She was taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital for treatment and is also in stable condition.

It is unclear whose bullets hit the bystanders, the suspect's or police, WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported.

Police reviewed video from the scene and say it shows what appears to be a drug deal in the lobby of 98 West 183 Street. 

The video also shows the suspect firing his gun at the individuals who had the drugs, police said.

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The suspect's backpack also had a brick of drugs, police said. A gun was also recovered at the scene of the suspect's arrest.

Officers fired nearly two dozen rounds, Adams reported.