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01-05-13, 08:20 PM #1
NYPD officers shot in separate incidents
NEW YORK (AP) — Three New York City police officers were recovering Friday, hours after being shot in separate incidents that left one suspect dead and four under arrest.
The shootings occurred in a one-hour span Thursday night.
Off-duty Police Officer Juan Pichardo was shot in the thigh at his family's Bronx car dealership by one of two men who entered the business around 6:30 p.m.
An hour later in Brooklyn, two plainclothes transit officers were injured in a shootout on a subway car. A man pulled a handgun from his waistband and opened fire, police said. One of the officers returned fire, killing the suspect.
"In recent weeks, we've heard some people say that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. But sometimes the good guys get shot — and sometimes, they are killed," Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters Thursday.
"Tonight, thank God, three good guys — three New York City police officers, who acted heroically — are going to make it," the mayor said.
Last year, 11 police officers were shot while on duty and one while off duty, none of them fatal.
Pichardo was working off-duty at the car dealership when two men, one armed with a handgun, entered while two other men waited outside in a getaway car, Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
After the two feigned interest in buying a car, one of them pulled out a handgun and ordered Pichardo and an employee onto the floor in a back office and started to ransack the place.
"A few minutes after the robbery, Officer Pichardo stood up and grabbed the gunman, who fired, striking the officer in the right thigh," Kelly said.
Although wounded, Pichardo and the other employee wrestled the gunman to the ground and disarmed him. His accomplice fled in the getaway car with the two others, but they were stopped a short distance away and arrested.
Kelly said Pichardo had recognized the gunman as a member of a Bronx robbery crew. The suspect's gun was reported stolen from North Carolina in Dec. 2012, he said.
NYPD officers shot in separate incidents - Yahoo! News
"In recent weeks, we've heard some people say that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. But sometimes the good guys get shot — and sometimes, they are killed," Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters Thursday.A man pulled a handgun from his waistband and opened fire, police said. One of the officers returned fire, killing the suspect.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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