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Off-duty Long Island cop shot in Bronx after crash, NYPD says

The officer shot two assailants and accidentally shot himself through the calf, police said.

New York City in 2018 continued to hit

New York City in 2018 continued to hit new lows in violence, dropping a whisker below 2017's low mark for homicides. Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

An off-duty Hempstead police officer suffered an accidental gunshot wound after a crash and attempted robbery Saturday morning in the Bronx, police said.

The NYPD said the officer shot two people who were trying to rob him and fired a bullet from his own gun through his right calf about 6:15 a.m. near Sedgwick Avenue and Hall of Fame Terrace in the University Heights neighborhood.

A black Toyota Camry with two men inside rear-ended the 33-year-old officer's unmarked vehicle, the NYPD said.

As the officer and men were assessing the damage, two men pulled up in a red Nissan sedan to join the other two men in attacking and assaulting the officer, police said.

During the struggle, the officer shot a 19-year-old man in the abdomen and a 24-year-old man in the back, police said. He inadvertently shot his thigh while fighting off his assailants.

The officer was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital to be treated for his injury, which was not considered life-threatening, police said. The four men left in the Nissan and took the two injured men to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, where they were treated and being held in custody. They were listed in stable condition.

The two other men left in the Nissan and police are searching for them, police said. The Toyota was left at the scene of the shooting.

Hempstead police declined to comment.


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