Police Involved Shooting (Bronx)

Remarks as given by Assistant Chief Larry Nikunen, Commanding Officer Patrol Borough Bronx.

Good morning. This information is preliminary as this incident happened a short time ago. Shortly after 1 A. M., two uniformed officers assigned to the 52nd Precinct were flagged down by a civilian regarding a dispute in the A&M Deli at 230 East 198th Street, corner of Valentine Avenue. Officers entered the store to assist the workers, who were in a physical struggle with 30-year-old Efraim Guzman. As the officers were escorting Mr. Guzman out of the store, Mr. Guzman was able to grab a gun from one of the officers’ holsters. Officers struggled with Mr. Guzman, who regained control of the gun. A second officer fired three shots at Mr. Guzman, striking him twice. Mr. Guzman fired numerous shots from the officers’ gun, one of which we believe fatally struck a 49-year-old male who works in a store across the street. This 49-year-old male had a dispute with Mr. Guzman just prior to this incident. The 49-year-old male was removed to St. Barnabas and was pronounced dead. Mr. Guzman is in stable condition at St. Barnabas Hospital. The officers were also removed to St. Barnabas Hospital for evaluation. We have recovered video from the store which corroborates all the information that I have provided.