Suspect dead in shooting of NYPD officer

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April 18, 2019 - 5:00 pm
Police recovered a gun they say was used to shoot an NYPD officer in Washington Heights

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- An NYPD officer has been shot in Washington Heights.

It happened at West 187th Street and Wadsworth Avenue late Thursday afternoon.

The officer, a five year veteran of the force, was hit in the right armpit.

A second officer opened fire hitting the suspect in the chest and killing him.

Mayor Bill de Blasio met with the cops from the 34 precinct, and said both were in good spirits.

"We saw today, from the video we observed, a very dangerous situation unfold, and our officers handle it with extraordinary professionalism and courage," he said.

De Blasio praised the officers for doing the right thing to protect the community, calling them 'impressive young men.'

The mayor described a 'fast, intense episode' that unfolded in broad daylight.

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said the officers were responding to a 911 call for shots fired on 187th Street.

When the cops arrived, they saw a man who observed a description of the man described in the 911 call, O'Neil said. The suspect took off and hid behind a parked car before firing on the officers, O'Neill told reporters.

The wounded officer managed to fire back just before his partner arrived on the scene in an unmarked police car. The suspect fired on the second officer as he arrived, but missed striking the window of a police car.

"I saw the video, it just missed him," O'Neill said.

That officer then opened fire, killing the suspect.

The wounded officer was taken to Mount Sinai/St. Luke's where he was being treated and was in stable condition.

PBA President Pat Lynch heaped praise on the officers who ran onto the scene 'with no concern for their own safety.'

"When we say we run towards danger, we really do," Lynch said.

The names of the officers involved have not yet been made public.

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