BRONX, N.Y. (WABC) — Police are looking for two suspects in the shooting of two police officers in the Fordham section of the Bronx Monday night.
Around 10:30 p.m. at East 184th Street and Tiebout Avenue, the officers, who are part of a five-member plain clothes anti-crime team, were searching for suspects wanted in an armed robbery.
Near the corner of East 184th Street, the officers saw two possible suspects, but as they approached them, one of the suspects entered a restaurant on Tiebout Avenue while the other remained outside. The officers walked up to the man on the street, but the other suspect inside the store came out and shot at the officers.
The officers returned fire, but were hit in the exchange. The two suspects then fled on foot toward Marion Avenue, where they carjacked a white Camaro. That vehicle was later abandoned near East 188th Street and Park Avenue. A black revolver was also recovered nearby.
One officer, 38, was shot in the chest and arm, and the other officer, 30, was shot in the arm and lower back. The officers were rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital. The 38-year-old is stable. The 30-year-old is critical. They are being treated here at St. Barnabas Hospital.
Shortly after the shooting, investigators were told a man had gone to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in upper Manhattan with a gunshot wound to his back. Police are investigating any possible connection.
“We are currently investigating if the suspect who fired upon the officers was also involved in the prior robbery,” said NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.
The suspects are described as about 25-30-years-old wearing dark clothing. One has a close-cropped full beard.
Police were still searching for the suspect as of 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
COP SHOT has posted its $10,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-COP-SHOT.