Rookie New York cop shot, suspects held
A 22-year-old cop was shot at Queens in New York
The rookie cop was stopped at an intersection and attacked
Two suspects have been taken into custody
A 22-year-old cop was shot at in Queens on Tuesday, police sources informed. The rookie police officer was stopped at a red light in Averne at around 10:20 pm, the New York Post quoted sources as saying.
The officer, who was not on duty at the time of the incident, was stopped by a couple of young men. The 22-year-old got out of his car and an apparent altercation ensued. One of the young men shot the cop on his shoulder, sources say. It’s unclear if the cop had opened fire.
The rookie cop was rushed to the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he remains under observation, reportedly stable.
Two suspects have been taken into custody and police have recovered a gun.
The rookie police officer, whose name has not been revealed by the New York Police Department (NYPD), works in Brooklyn. He is the sixth police officer to have been shot this year.
Incidents of shooting at cops has emerged as a problem only a year after police shootings made consistent headlines.
On January 21, two cops, Jason Rivera (22) and Wilbert Mora (27), were shot dead in Harlem by 47-year-old Lashawn McNeil.
Lashawn McNeil had moved in with his mother in Harlem while she was recovering from an illness. On the day of the incident, the McNeil and his mother entered into a heated argument, reportedly over food. McNeil’s scared mother called the cops hoping they’d come in and help calm tempers.
When the cops arrived, McNeil shot at them, killing one and critically injuring other. A third police officer shot McNeil who died in a hospital.
On January 20, a detective in Staten Island was shot and injured in course of a drug bust. Two days prior to that, a teen suspect allegedly shot an officer in the leg in Bronx.