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Police Commissioner O’Neill’s remarks regarding the NYPD sergeant shot and killed; another shot and injured on November, 4 2016.
It is with tremendous anguish that I have to tell you that today, an NYPD sergeant was shot and killed while doing his job – while trying to keep the people of New York City safe.
At 2:45 p.m. a female called 911 stating that a male armed with a gun had broken into her apartment on Beach Avenue in the Bronx. That information was dispatched over the department radio.
As patrol units from the 43rd Precinct were responding, the radio dispatcher advised them that the suspect had just fled the scene and was driving a red Jeep. A few minutes later, at 2:52 p.m., the suspect’s vehicle was observed at Noble Court and Bronx River Avenue by a marked patrol car, roughly a half-mile from the original call.
As officers approached the vehicle, which was stopped at 1575 Bronx River Avenue, the suspect, identified as Manuel Rosales, 35 years old, fired at the officers with a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Police returned fire, striking the suspect. During the exchange of gunfire, two uniform sergeants were shot. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Both sergeants were immediately transported to Jacobi Hospital. Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo, a 19-year veteran, was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. Sgt. Emmanuel Kwo, a 9-year veteran, was shot in the leg and is currently in stable condition.
A preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect, Manuel Rosales, is the estranged husband of a female occupant of the apartment on Beach Avenue. Earlier today, the suspect forcibly entered the apartment, armed with a gun. Present at that time was his 29-year-old estranged wife, their three-year-old son, another 13-year-old child, and a 50-year-old woman who was the original 911 caller.
A preliminary review of the suspect’s history reveals 17 prior arrests within Suffolk County New York where we believe he has been living. Further investigation of his background is currently underway.
I want to take this time to thank the highly dedicated and professional staff here at Jacobi Medical Center.