A 16-year-old was detained after a police officer in the Bronx was shot in the arm early on Tuesday, according to authorities. According to New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, police were looking for two additional individuals in connection with the incident that occurred shortly after 3 a.m. In the Belmont neighborhood, the cop and his partner were on patrol in a marked car while wearing their official uniforms. According to Chief of Detectives James Essig, when the cops saw two individuals, they stopped and asked to talk with them.
At least one of the men opens fire at least six rounds as they approach, hitting the officer and the windscreen, according to Essig. According to Essig, the wounded officer and his partner exchanged gunfire and fled on foot. The chief reported that a 16-year-old man was detained and that a.32-caliber firearm was found on him.
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Essig claimed that additional rounds were fired shortly after the original incident, not at the officers but toward the area where the initial gunfire had been fired from. The 16-year-companion old’s and the shooter of the second round of rounds were both wanted by police.
Sewell declared that her agency “would stop at nothing” to see that those responsible for the shooting and the instigators of violence in the city are brought to justice. At a press conference held with law enforcement officials at the hospital where the injured officer was being treated, Mayor Eric Adams stated he had spoken to the officer and his family.
Specifically in the borough of the Bronx, Adams said, “He is happy to have done his job on the front line to deal with the violence we have observed.” The mayor, a former cop, continued, “Too many young people are carrying too many weapons. And it’s our responsibility to devise a means to halt it and ensure that these weapons are taken off the streets.”
Police Benevolent Association leader Patrick Lynch lauded the officers’ professionalism in the face of criticism. Lynch stated that the police officer who was hit and shot was still looking for the offender. “When he realized his buddy had been shot while pursuing the offender, he threw him in the car. Driving, sending descriptions, and alerting the hospital. He probably would have performed the surgery if he had been able to when he arrived at the hospital.”