Two New York City police officers shot within 12 hours over the weekend were targeted by the same man, said NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea confirmed in a press briefing on Sunday after the suspect was arrested.
Shea said the alleged gunman, who he called a «coward», has a criminal history including car theft and attempted murder. He was arrested on Sunday after the second attack.
The New York... Еще City's mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the attack and praised the «heroism» and «extraordinary skill» of police officers.
The first shooting occurred on Saturday night as officers in a marked police van in the 41st precinct were shot at, reportedly leaving one officer with injuries to his neck and chin. The officers did not return fire, and the officer who was hit is said to be in a stable condition in a local hospital.
The second incident took place 12 hours later at the headquarters of the 41st precinct, where an officer was shot at from inside the precinct. The officer returned fire, and the suspect lay down his weapon after reportedly running out of ammunition, when he was taken into police custody.
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