2 NYPD officers shot, wounded responding to Bronx armed robbery – Fox News
A massive manhunt was underway early Tuesday for the suspected armed robbers who shot and wounded two plainclothes New York City police officers in the Bronx. Both officers are expected to survive.
The New York Post reported that the officers, identified as Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellarano, had just ended their regular shifts when they were part of the response to a report of a robbery at a Chinese restaurant at approximately 10:30 p.m. local time. When they arrived, they were confronted by two suspects.
Law enforcement sources told the paper that both suspects fired on the officers, hitting Pellarano in the arm and grazing him in the chest. Dossi was shot in the stomach and the arm. The gunmen then exchanged fire with other responding officers as they fled the scene on foot.
The Post reported that the suspects carjacked a white Chevrolet Camaro and drove it a few blocks before crashing. They then got out and fled on foot. A source told the Post that a weapon was recovered near where the car crashed.
Both officers were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, and the Post reported that Dossi was in surgery early Tuesday morning.
“Thanks God these officers are doing well,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference at the hospital early Tuesday. “These officers did something that was extraordinarily brave.They did it as part of their commitment. These officers had just come off their shift and upon hearing this call went back out in search of these criminals. The work they do is so profoundly important in this instance where they went above and beyond the call to protect their fellow New Yorkers.”
The Post reported that one possible suspect was apprehended at nearby New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he had sought treatment for a gunshot wound. It was not clear how he was shot.
New York Police Commissioner William Bratton described the suspects as two Hispanic men in their mid-to-late 20s. The organization COP SHOT, Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot, has offered a $10,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.
The shooting comes one day after the funeral of NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu. Liu, along with his partner Rafael Ramos, was ambushed and murdered as he sat in his patrol car in Brooklyn Dec. 20. The shooter, a man who vowed online to kill “pigs,” ran into a subway statioon where he shot himself to death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.