There was a sense of gratitude that everyone involved in the wild shooting survived – but also a sense that something needed to change.
Co-officers stood in line to greet NYPD officer Alejandra Jacobs, who received two gunshot wounds to the arm.
The other officer, Jacobs’ partner and an eight-year veteran, remains hospitalized and is expected to survive, as is the 23-year-old suspect.
The incident happened on East 187th Street and Beaumont Avenue in the Belmont section around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Video obtained by Eyewitness News shows officers barely had a chance to talk to him before opening fire.
According to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, police received a 911 call about a man with a gun on the spot.
Two officers responded, and surveillance video shows what happened when they arrived.
The officers confront the suspect, whom they recognized from the description they were given. The suspect reached out for a gun, and a fight ensued during which the suspect fired at the officers.
The female officer returned the shot and fired five times, and the suspect was shot three times. All three were brought to St. Barnabas Hospital.
‘We have much to be grateful for,’ the commissioner added, citing no loss of human life in the incident.
Police found the suspect’s gun at the scene. He is identified as Charlie Vasquez from Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He has several previous arrests, including for possession of a weapon.
They said the gun was reported stolen from Georgia.
“It comes down to accountability. You should not feel safe carrying a firearm,” said NYPD Chief of Staff Rodney Harrison. “And that’s what it’s down to. In New York, we have some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but we need to make sure those who choose to carry these illegal firearms are held accountable for what they do. doing. “
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