Remarks as delivered by Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill
A female police officer was shot and critically injured while sitting in a marked NYPD command vehicle near the corner of Morris Avenue and East 183rd Street in the Bronx around 12:30 a.m. The officer was assigned with a partner in a mobile command post when a suspect fired through the vehicle’s window striking her in the head. Her partner immediately radioed for assistance.
An anti-crime team, consisting of a sergeant and a police officer, who were in uniform, encountered a male subject running on Morris Avenue, approximately one block from the scene of the shooting. As they confronted him, he drew a revolver. The officers fired at him, striking and killing him. A silver revolver was recovered at the scene.
We are in the process of confirming the identity of the deceased subject.
During the encounter with the suspect, another individual, believed to be a bystander, was struck by a bullet. That person is in stable condition.
The female officer was transported to Saint Barnabas Hospital, where she is listed in extremely critical condition. I want to thank the medical staff here at Saint Barnabas Hospital for their efforts. Further details will be available when they become available. We are conducting an extensive search for video at the crime scene.
Based on what we know now, it is clear that this was an unprovoked direct attack on police officers who were assigned to keep the people of this city safe.