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April 5, 2023

Officer shot in right hip in Queens, officials say

An NYPD officer was shot in the right hip Wednesday afternoon in Queens, and authorities are still looking for the person who they say fired the shot, according to the NYPD.

It happened shortly after 3:20 p.m. at 161st Street and Jamaica Avenue, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said at a press conference.

According to Essig, an MTA bus driver flagged down two police officers from the 103rd Precinct and said a man was disputing with another passenger for a seat on the bus.

Authorities said the man exited through the front door when officers approached the bus. The man eventually pushed the officers and fled northbound on 161st Street, Essig said.

Police said one of those officers caught up with the man in front of 90-23 161st Street. According to Essig, the man fired one shot at the officer, striking him in the right hip. The second officer returned fire, shooting back two times, he said.

The officer was transported to Jamaica Hospital and is in stable condition, officials said.

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the 22-year-old officer had been on the job for less than a year, and began his assignment in the 103rd Precinct in January.

“They place their lives on the line for us,” Mayor Eric Adams said at the press conference.

“I’ve said it before, you heard me say it. If this doesn’t tell you something has to change, I don’t know what will,” PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said at the conference.

The NYPD is still searching for the man who fired the shot, according to officials. Police said one person is in custody in connection with the incident, but that person is not the person who they say fired the shot at the officer, according to the NYPD.

Police said the man who fired the shot was wearing a black bubble jacket, black mask and orange sweatshirt. That man fled northbound on 161st Street into a parking garage, where the bubble jacket, mask and sweatshirt were recovered authorities said. Surveillance footage shows the man leaving the garage wearing a white t-shirt and black pants, according to Essig.

The man was last seen at 161st Street and Hillside Avenue, officials said.

Police are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can help them find the man.