Two NYPD officers were shot at a housing project in the Bronx. The officers were in full uniform at Melrose Houses when they confronted two suspects. After claiming they had identification, the suspects led the police to an apartment to show them their ID.
Upon entering the apartment, the officers were ambushed with one of the suspects opening fire.
Initial reports indicated that one officer was shot in the leg, but the injury was to the torso. The other officer is in critical condition, according to CBS New York, after being shot in the head.
There were two suspects involved in the shooting. One suspect died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Another is in custody. Three other individuals are being questioned. The identity or a description of the suspects has not yet been released. The names of the police officers have also not been released. The only information given is that one is a 29-year old male and the other a 24-year old female.
The head of the police union, Patrick Lynch, said this shooting highlights the dangers of the job of being a police officer and of vertical patrol. He stated, “We need your support to teach our young folks that pulling a gun on a police officer works for no one. This goes to show the dangers police officers face each and every day.”
Both officers were part of what is known as vertical patrol. NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker explained that vertical patrol is “where pairs of officers start in the lobby of a public housing project and walk the stairwells up to the roof and back down.”
This story is has been updated.