07/10/2006

Off-duty cop shoots alleged carjacker

By Luis Perez, Staff writer
Staff writer Cara Tabachnick contributed to this story.

A Bronx beat cop who had just finished his shift and was sitting in his car near the precinct station house fended off an attempted carjacking early yesterday, shooting and wounding the armed attacker, police said.

Officer Kenneth O'Connor, 34, of the 47th Precinct, was sitting in his Ford Explorer about 12:20 a.m. at the corner of East 223rd Street and Schieffellin Avenue in the Williamsbridge section when Daniel Arroyo, 22, approached the open driver's-side window, police said.

Arroyo, who has sealed juvenile arrests for robbery and weapons possession, cocked a .380 semiautomatic handgun and announced a robbery, police said.

O'Connor, who was dressed in a tank top and shorts and sitting with an unidentified female in the car, pulled out his off-duty Smith and Wesson revolver and fired one shot, police said.

Arroyo fled, running east on East 223rd toward Eastchester Road, police said.

It wasn't until O'Connor got out of the vehicle and saw blood on the ground that he realized his attacker was wounded, according to police. The female passenger was unhurt.

O'Connor then used his cell phone to call 911, and gave the operator the direction Arroyo was traveling and a physical description, police said.

Arroyo, of Hoe Avenue in the South Bronx, was taken to Jacobi Hospital Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the face, police said. Arroyo was initially listed in critical condition, but later in stable condition, officials said.

He was arrested at the hospital and charged with attempted robbery, attempted assault and two counts of weapons possession, police said.

Law enforcement sources said Arroyo has two previous arrests - one for robbery and another for criminal possession of a weapon - which are sealed because they were committed while he was a juvenile.

Though the shooting is under investigation, police officials said it appeared that

O'Connor, an 11-year veteran, acted within department guidelines.

The officer, who was not removed from duty, was treated for trauma, police said.

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