New York Daily News

Updated: January 7, 2015, 8:22 PM

  

 

NYPD's Aliro Pellerano leaves Bronx hospital after being shot during armed robbery

 

Pellerano, who was wounded in the chest and left arm, was applauded by fellow officers as he rolled out of St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx in a wheelchair. Still hospitalized is Officer Andrew Dossi, who was shot in the left arm and lower back. Meanwhile, accused triggerman Jason Polanco and alleged accomplice Joshua Kemp awaited arraignment in court.

BY CHAUNCEY ALCORN, CORKY SIEMASZKO

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NYPD Officer Aliro Pellerano was discharged Wednesday from St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.

Wounded NYPD Officer Aliro Pellerano was discharged Wednesday — two days after he and another cop survived being shot by an accused armed robber.

Pellerano, who was wounded in the chest and left arm, was applauded by fellow officers as he rolled out of St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx in a wheelchair.

Dozens of officers from precincts across the city stood cheering in the bitter cold while police bagpipes played in the background.

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Pellerano arrives at his Garnerville home — helped by his NYPD brethren — after leaving the hospital Wednesday.

“When we all rushed to this emergency room, we thought it was for the worst,” said Patrolmen's Benevolent Association boss Patrick Lynch. “But here we are today when one of those police officers walks out of the hospital to his blue family and his immediate family. So this is a good day.”

Still hospitalized is Officer Andrew Dossi, a 30-year-old U.S. Army reservist who was shot in the left arm and lower back.

    
Jason Polanco is suspected of shooting the officers.  

Pellerano and Dossi were already off duty when they responded to reports of a robbery at the Welcome 2 Yemen Deli in the Fordham section.

The officers were questioning Kemp outside a Chinese restaurant when Polanco fired on them from inside with a .44-caliber Ruger revolver. His first shot wounded Kemp and one of the cops, police said.

The other officer was wounded when the fleeing Polanco fired two more shots outside the eatery, enabling Kemp to also escape.

Polanco, who was nabbed after a 14-hour manhunt, is charged with five counts of attempted murder of a police officer. He has three prior arrests on his rap sheet for weapons possession — and two anti-cop posts on his Instagram page.

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Aliro Pellerano, left, and Andrew Dossi, right, are two NYPD officers shot during the Bronx robbery.

Lynch used the discharging of Pellerano to once again bash Mayor de Blasio, this time claiming falsely that the mayor “supported those demonstrators that were calling for the death of cops.

“That created the atmosphere that New York City cops have to work in now,” he said. “It's a dangerous atmosphere. We don't want any more cops shot. We need to come together, but we need a mayor to lead us there."

Lynch previously charged that de Blasio had “blood on the hands” after two Brooklyn officers were killed Dec. 20.

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Joshua Kemp is accused of being an accomplice in the Bronx cop shooting.

De Blasio insists he is not anti-cop and has condemned all violence against police officers. But he has also expressed sympathy for protesters demonstrating against a Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold.

De Blasio visited Pellerano and Dossi at the hospital Tuesday. Afterward, Dossi’s dad said his son “didn’t really want him to be there.”

“I respect the choice of any officer or any family in their own personal circumstance to have any approach they want,” de Blasio said Wednesday when asked about Dossi’s diss. “I went to the hospital to provide support. It’s up to individuals how they want to handle that.”

With Barry Paddock , Jennifer Fermino , Edgar Sandoval