A city police officer was in stable condition Thursday night after being shot during a confrontation in Brooklyn, and his attacker committed suicide after an armed standoff, police said.
New York Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said the officer’s bulletproof vest probably saved his life. The officer’s name, nor that of the suspect, have been released.
“His vest definitely saved his life. Thanks for the support for our brave NYPD police officer, shot several times today while doing his job,” O’Neill tweeted.
O’Neill said two officers responded to a call about an emotionally disturbed 29-year-old man in an apartment in Brooklyn’s Cypress Hills around 4:30 p.m. When the officers entered, the man opened fire, striking one in the right arm.
Two other shots hit his bulletproof vest. He did not return fire, police said.
The 30-year-old injured officer was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was being treated for what police characterized as non-life threatening injuries.
Police said that after the gunman shot the officer, he barricaded himself in and held police at bay for hours. When police stormed into the apartment, they found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police officials said.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was briefed on the shooting.
Source: USA Today (Kevin McCoy)
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