Two NYPD policemen were shot and injured while approaching an armed man with a long criminal history and a stolen pistol in the Bronx on Wednesday evening.
Just after 8 p.m., the incident occurred near the junction of East 187th Street and Beaumont Avenue in the Belmont area. Officers responded to a report of a guy with a pistol, and as they approached him, he uttered a few words before firing. The uniformed cops retaliated with gunfire.
Both policemen were rushed to Saint Barnabas Hospital, where they are both in stable condition and expected to recover, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea. One cop was shot in the arm, while the other was struck in the armpit.
“Tonight, extraordinary bravery. “We saw the footage and witnessed cops performing their jobs and safeguarding the residents of our city with amazing bravery,” stated Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City.
“And then there were two folks with an incredible spirit who came to see them in their hospital room. “We are incredibly fortunate tonight,” said officers who are in this line of work because they want to protect people and save lives.
If you recall, we had two policemen shot in the 105th Precinct precisely one year ago on New Year’s Eve, and they were discharged the next day. “It appears that we’re back on that route here tonight,” Shea added.
The suspect was also detained at Saint Barnabas, and he is claimed to be in critical condition after being hit by one of the officers’ returned bullets. Charlie Vasquez, 23, of Brooklyn, was named by a senior NYPD officer with knowledge of the inquiry; the person stated Vasquez had nine prior charges on his record.
At the site, a black semi-automatic pistol, a.9-mm handgun, was discovered. The pistol was stolen in Georgia at some time in the past, according to police, and it ultimately made its way here.
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