Newsday
February 28, 2014


NYPD: Shot cop back home, EMTs honored

by ANTHONY M. DESTEFANO / anthony.destefano@newsday.com

Photo: Roy Renna / BMR Breaking News
A police officer was shot in the leg in Crown Heights on February 26, 2014, the NYPD said.

The rookie NYPD officer wounded Wednesday night by a suspected bus fare beater got out of the hospital Friday and returned home, officials said.

Officer James Li, 26, was hit in the leg and groin after being fired upon by Rashaun Robinson, 28, of Brooklyn during the incident in Brooklyn, police said. Robinson faces charges of attempted murder, assault and other related offenses.

Li's rookie partner, Officer Randy Chow, pursued Robinson, who was later arrested nearby.

"I spoke to him last evening; he was anxious to go home," Police Commissioner William Bratton said about Li at an impromptu news conference at police headquarters.

"He is still in a lot of pain and discomfort; my understanding is he is expected to make a full recovery," Bratton said, adding he didn't immediately know when Li would return to duty.

During a ceremony preceding Bratton's comments about Li, the commissioner and Mayor Bill de Blasio gave awards to the two city emergency medical technicians who tended to the officer as he lay wounded.

EMTs Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall, whom de Blasio called "brave and gallant," were given plaques and small replicas of an iconic statue of a police officer and child that stands in the lobby of police headquarters. The EMTs, who were off duty and parked at a nearby White Castle restaurant when the shooting occurred, rushed to Li, stabilizing him before he was taken to Kings County Hospital Center.

"They are the embodiment of all that is good about New York City," Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said about the two women.