NEW YORK (TBEN) – A suspect is hospitalized in critical condition after police say they opened fire on three officers in the Melrose section of the Bronx.
A second suspect is on the run, TBEN’s Christina Fan reported on Sunday.
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The NYPD said a sergeant and two officers were patrolling 3rd Avenue and 153rd Street around 12:30 a.m. when they saw two men painting graffiti on a storefront. The officers approached the men, but they ran away, police said.
The officers finally managed to chase one of them. But the suspect allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and fired at least three shots at officers trying to stop him.
The police retaliated, hitting the man several times. He remains in critical condition in a hospital.
Police said they recovered the suspect’s weapon.
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“A .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun was found at the scene of the shooting. The suspect’s weapon appears to have been shot and damaged in the exchange of gunfire, ”said NYPD department chief Terence Monahan.
“Tonight’s shooting underscores the dangers our brave cops face every day as they keep the city’s residents safe. Whether they’re arresting someone doing graffiti or responding to a known shooting, there are just too many guns on the streets these days, ”said Monahan.
The three officers involved in the shooting were not injured.
Police are still looking for the second suspect.
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Christina Fan of TBEN contributed to this report.