NYPD officer who was shot on Christmas Eve survived because of his bulletproof vest

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"On this Christmas Eve into Christmas, I might say that any person is completely searching for us here in the NYPD tonight," New York Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated.

The incident began earlier than 9 p.m. on Thursday when the NYPD acquired a collection of 911 calls from a mother saying, "Get right here quick, get here now. He will come over here and shoot the place up," in accordance with NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea. The mother was referring to her daughter's boyfriend, he stated.

NYPD officers from the 77th Precinct arrived at the Crown Heights residence and had begun interviewing the mom and daughter when the boyfriend pulled as much as the home and opened hearth, Shea stated.

"You see unimaginable bravery by the officers," stated Shea, who reviewed the body digital camera footage. "You see the girlfriend point out and next thing you hear is photographs being fired."

One officer was struck within the back -- however the bulletproof vest stored the bullet from penetrating the officer, Shea stated as he held up the vest.

Other officers responding to the incident saw the 20-year-old suspect hearth his weapon, and two officers fired a minimum of seven photographs in the direction of the suspect, Shea stated. A short foot pursuit ensued, and officers have been capable of apprehend the suspect in the span of 1 to 2 blocks, he stated. The person was not injured.

NYC shooting incidents are nearly double this year compared to last year, NYPD stats show

Speaking at Kings County Hospital on Thursday, de Blasio stated the officer, whose identify was not released, was treated for his accidents and is in slightly pain. He is in any other case in "extremely good spirits" and was expected to go away the hospital shortly.

"As a result of the NYPD was there, that lady is alive proper now," de Blasio stated. "As a result of our officer put himself in harm's method -- an harmless lady is alive tonight."

The capturing is one example of a stunning rise in gun violence throughout the country that started in the late spring and has continued all year long.
In New York, the full variety of crimes this yr is barely down from final yr, but murders have elevated by almost 40% and capturing incidents doubled in comparison with 2019, according to NYPD data.

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