Wall Street Journal
Jan. 16 | 6:54 pm ET


Second NYPD Officer Injured in Bronx Shootout Leaves Hospital

By MARK MORALES

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Officer Andrew Dossi leaves Mount Sinai Hospital in the Bronx. He was hospitalized after being shot by an alleged armed robber in the Bronx on Jan. 5.

The second of two New York Police Department officers wounded in a shootout stemming from a robbery in the Bronx earlier this month was released from a hospital on Friday.

Officer Andrew Dossi, 30 years old, was wheeled out of Mount Sinai Hospital, in the Bronx, with his family by his side, amid cheers from fellow officers.

The wounded officer was one of a five-man team that had just finished a shift when they were called to a robbery in the Bronx on Jan. 5, just before 10:30 p.m., authorities said.

Prosecutors allege Jason Polanco, 24, fired on approaching officers, hitting and wounding Officers Dossi and Aliro Pellerano, 38, while missing three other uniformed officers.

Officer Dossi, an eight-year veteran of the NYPD who is credited with over 125 arrests, was shot in the left arm and lower back while Officer Pellerano, a nine-year veteran with 500 arrests, was struck in the chest and arm, officials said.

Both were taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital in stable condition where they underwent surgery. Officer Pellerano left the hospital on Jan. 7 while Officer Dossi, who was more seriously injured, was transferred to Mount Sinai, officials said.

Officer Dossi had been expected to  deploy to Africa with the Army Reserves, but his deployment was canceled shortly after the shooting, according to his family.

He left the hospital just after 2 p.m. Friday and was whisked away in a black SUV while officers from his 46th Precinct cheered, along with NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill and Chief of Patrol, Carlos Gomez.

Mr. Polanco faces multiple charges in connection with the shooting and the robbery, officials have said. Another man also faces charges in relation to the robbery, authorities have said.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch was present also to offer his support to Officer Dossi. He also sent praise to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio–a public adversary in recent weeks–for the mayor’s opposition to a proposed city bill that would criminalize police chokeholds.

“I’m glad he’s saying that,” said Mr. Lynch of the mayor’s opposition to the bill. “We’re glad he stuck with his opinion from the beginning saying the chokehold bill cannot be put into law. We’re grateful for that.”