Officer shot in BK expected to be released from hospital Friday

Marie Harrington
August 12, 2017

A bulletproof vest saved the life of a New York City police officer Thursday after he was shot by a gunman several times.

The incident began around 4:35 p.m. EDT when a woman called 911 for help with her 29-year-old emotionally disturbed son, who she said was not violent or armed.

When the officer approached the back of the home with EMS, police said the suspect fired three times, striking him in the arm once and twice in the bullet proof vest.

Some shots hit the officer's vest; another hit his arm. The officer did not return fire. Police said the officer was being treated at a hospital.

After the initial standoff, the supect's mother was rescued from the house, while the suspect barricaded himself in the building for hours, according to the police.

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They discovered the man dead from what appeared to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said in a press conference Thursday night.

Police officers and emergency medical technicians soon headed to the suspect's apartment after the call.

De Blasio said the wounded cop had a "great attitude" as he lay in his hospital bed and even made light of his situation. Police say a man walked into Mike's Heavy Duty Towing and forced a female employee on the ground as he simulated a gun. "Thank God our officer is going to come through OK in this case".

Nguyen has been with the department for two years. "Our officer is going to come through it, he's a fearless young man, he's going to come through it".

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