2 incidents send 3 police officers to hospital with injuries

November 25, 2021 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York police officers were shot and wounded and another was hit by a car in separate incidents Wednesday night that sent all three to area hospitals.

Two officers responded to a 911 call reporting a suspect with a gun on Beaumont Avenue in the Bronx around 8 p.m., Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a news conference Wednesday.

Shea said one female officer and one male officer arrived and the suspect immediately began firing at them.

The female officer was shot twice and returned fire, hitting the shooter, Shea said. The male officer was also shot after struggling with the suspect over the weapon.

Both officers, who are also military veterans, are expected to make a full recovery, Shea said. The shooter was taken to the hospital, underwent surgery and is also expected to recover, police said.

Shea said the recovered gun was reported stolen last year in Georgia.

“This is another example of a gun from out of state comes into our city, hurts a New Yorker. This is something we’ve got to deal with in a whole different way,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during the news conference. “In the meantime, thank God that there is one more shooter off the streets because of the bravery of these absolutely extraordinary officers.”

Earlier, around 6:30 p.m. near Farragut Road in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, an officer suffered a leg injury after getting hit by a car, authorities said.

The officer was taken to the hospital, and authorities said he was in stable condition.

Authorities did not immediately release additional information about the incident.