2 NYPD Officers Shot, Wounded

They were investigating Bronx robbery
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 6, 2015 1:55 AM CST
2 NYPD Officers Shot, Wounded
New recruits wear bands over their badges in honor of deceased officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu during an NYPD Police Academy graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden last month.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Two New York City police officers responding to a robbery in the Bronx were shot and wounded last night and a manhunt is underway for at least two suspects, authorities say. The officers were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx with non-life-threatening injuries. One officer was wounded in the arm, and the other was struck in the back, police say. The commanding officer of the NYPD's public affairs unit says the officers were not targeted—unlike two officers shot to death nearly three weeks ago in their patrol car in Brooklyn—but had just arrived at the scene.

The public affairs officer says a weapon was recovered, but it wasn't clear whether it belonged to the suspects. Police say the officers may have been fired on by an assailant from a car on East 184th Street after a car stop went awry, but the incident is still being investigated. At least one of the suspects may have been shot and wounded when the officers fired back, CNN reports. The organization COP SHOT—Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot—has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. (More NYPD stories.)

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