02/19/2011

Cop shot, woman and gunman killed in NY melee

A second officer suffered minor injuries and a half dozen others were involved

By Michael Virtanen
Associated Press

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Police say a man suspected of fatally shooting a woman in a car New York's Hudson Valley was himself shot to death minutes later in a struggle with police, including an officer who had taken a 3-year-old from the man and handed the child to a bystander.

Poughkeepsie (poh-KIHP'-see) Police Chief Ronald Knapp says one officer, a 20-year veteran, was shot in the head Friday in the melee in a parking lot near the city train station. He is in surgery and Knapp says his condition is very serious.

The names of the dead man and woman have not been released. Knapp says he believes they were husband and wife and weren't from the city.

He says a second officer suffered minor injuries and a half dozen others were involved.

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