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NY officer shot; 2 suspects in custody, 1 suspect on the loose

The officer was hospitalized in stable condition and was "conscious, alert and talking"

By Michael Balsamo
​Associated Press

NEW YORK — A New York City police officer was shot in the left shoulder Tuesday night and two suspects were taken into custody, a police spokesman said.

New York Police Department Sgt. Carlos Nieves said on Twitter the shooting happened in the Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn. He said police were searching for a third suspect.

The officer was hospitalized in stable condition and was "conscious, alert and talking," Nieves said.

Police provided no further details on the circumstances of the shooting.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said the officer was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. De Blasio, who was traveling back to New York City after attending the funeral of Police Commissioner William Bratton's father, was expected to hold a news conference at the hospital later Tuesday night.

Bri Brown, a woman who works at a bar near the shooting scene, told The New York Post she went outside when she saw people running past the bar.

"I heard a guy screaming 'I've been shot, I've been shot! Call an officer, I've been shot!'" Brown said.

Suzanne King, 24, a nanny who lives on the corner, said she heard a sound like a crack.

"I didn't think anything of it until (the area) was stormed by cops," King told the Post. "Then I got scared. I saw one person on a stretcher get taken away by an ambulance."

The shooting marks the sixth time since January a New York City police officer has been shot in the line of duty.

Last month, Officers Andrew Yurkiw and William Reddin were shot during a confrontation with a gunman in Brooklyn. Yurkiw was shot in his bullet-resistant vest and Reddin was struck in the hip.

A little more than two weeks before those two officers were shot, Officers Diara Cruz and Patrick Espeut were shot and wounded while on patrol in a public housing stairwell in the Bronx. The gunman killed himself soon afterward, police said. In January, Officer Sherrod Stuart was wounded in the ankle by a police bullet as another officer exchanged gunfire with a suspect in a Bronx street brawl.



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