First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker’s Remarks As Delivered
At around 8 p.m. this evening two police officers were shot and wounded inside a stairwell – within 320 East 156 Street, within the Melrose Housing development in the South Bronx. Three officers were conducting a vertical patrol in the 6th floor stairwell area, when they encountered two individuals – one of whom produced a firearm and shot at the officers. The suspect then fled into an apartment on the 7th floor. Responding officers gained access to the apartment, where they discovered several individuals, as well as the suspect – who was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A semi-automatic firearm and a shotgun was discovered inside the apartment. Several individuals have been taken to the 40 Precinct for investigation. The second individual, who the officers encountered in the stairwell, is also in custody. The two injured officers have been transported here to Lincoln Hospital. Their identities are being withheld pending family notification. The officers are both assigned to the Housing Borough Bronx/Queens I.R.T. team. They both have two years on the force. The name of the deceased suspect is also being withheld pending family notification.