New York Daily News

May 21, 2015, 8:41 PM



NYPD cop shot in both legs as rookie last year earns PBA honor


Police Officers James Li (l.) and Randy Chow attend the PBA's "Finest of the Finest" awards ceremony Thursday at the Water Club in Manhattan.

Police Officer James Li will have problems walking for the rest of his life — but he wouldn’t think twice about running towards danger once again.

The then-rookie cop was shot in both legs as he tried to stop a fare-beater on a bus in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, on Feb. 26, 2014.

On Thursday, as he and former partner Randy Chow were among 51 cops receiving the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association’s “Finest of the Finest” award at the Water Club, Li said he still has problems running and can’t walk long distances.

Yet Li, 27, who is currently assigned to desk duty, said he wouldn’t hesitate to go back out in the street. “I just want to be a police officer,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be a cop, ever since I was a child.”