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January 17, 2023

NYPD officer shot in the Bronx, 16-year-old arrested: Reports

By David Luces

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An NYPD officer was shot and wounded in a shooting incident with a 16-year-old boy Tuesday in the Bronx, according to police.

The injured cop was sitting in an unmarked police vehicle with three officers when they spotted two men in the vicinity of East 183rd Street and Prospect Avenue and pulled up to them, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig detailed to reporters.

The two unidentified men allegedly began to run away, then one of them turned around and opened fire at the officers, police sources told the New York Post.

“As [the officers] pull up, at least one male fires at least six times, striking the windshield and our officer who was seated in the passenger seat,” Essig said at a press conference.

The cop has been identified as Officer Paul Lee, a member of the 48th Precinct’s public safety team, the New York Post reported.

All four officers got out of their car and they returned fire but none struck the suspect, police said.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested by other responding 48th Precinct officers following a brief foot pursuit, Essig said.

The wounded officer was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital by his partner and was listed in stable condition, police said.

“The police officer that was struck and shot still pursued the perpetrator,” Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch, said at the press conference. “His partner pursued the perpetrator. Recognizing his partner was shot, he throws him in the car, drives, transmits descriptions, notifies the hospital.”

“If he could have when he got to the hospital, he probably would have done the operation as well,” Lynch said. “That’s how calm and professional these police officers were during chaos.”