Incident occured right after midnight (February 21 2021) three officers were on patrol when they saw two men spray painting graffiti in front of 6-77 Elton Ave, in the Bronx.
The officers approached the men, who took off running.
After a brief foot chase, one of the officers grabbed one of the suspects.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan says “As the officer struggled with the man in an attempt to arrest him, the suspect pulled out semi-automatic handgun and fired at least three times at the officers.
It was then that all three officers engaged the man returning fire – striking him numerous times.”
The man was taken to Lincoln Hospital where he is in critical condition.
A .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene of the shooting., according to police.
The suspect’s gun does appear to have been shot and damaged during the exchange of gunfire, as seen in the video and stated by Police.
As the investigation continues, detectives are still searching for the second suspect who fled.
“Tonight’s shooting underscores the dangers our brave cops face every day as they keep people safe. Whether they are stopping someone who is making graffiti or responding to a known shooting — there are too many guns on the streets of New York City.” Chief added.
Video by Daniel Valls (FNTV freedomnews.tv)