Police were seeking two men for questioning late Thursday in connection with the wounding of an off-duty NYPD officer who was shot when he thwarted a robbery in the Bronx, killing one of the suspects, officials said.
NYPD officials believe Jason Leiva, 20, of the Bronx, was present when three men attempted to rob a man at the intersection of Burnside and Harrison avenues at around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.
Leiva was described as having a number of prior arrests and being on probation until 2017 for a robbery, Browne said.
A third man believed to have been involved in the robbery and driving a car used in the crime was also being sought, but Browne declined to release his name.
The man killed by off-duty Officer Ivan Marcano was identified as Prince James, 18, of the Bronx, a member of a gang known as the Jackson Avenue Gunners, Browne said.
Marcano, 27, a five-year NYPD officer from the Bronx, remained in stable condition Thursday at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center after he was shot once in the chest by James, officials said.
Marcano fired a total of 10 rounds from his Glock firearm, killing James, who in 2010 was suspected of shooting another gang member but was never charged for the crime, Browne said.
Marcano was riding in a car driven by his girlfriend when she noticed two men robbing someone on Harrison Avenue, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said Wednesday night.
After telling his girlfriend to call 911, Marcano went up to the robber, took out his shield and gun and identified himself as a police officer, police said.
"Right after he identified himself, they shot him," Kelly said. The two jumped into a Mustang driven by a third man, but crashed into the sidewalk a couple of blocks away.
Pursuing the suspects with one hand pressed against his wound and the other hand holding his weapon, Marcano shot James, Browne said.
Moments later, Marcano came across an ambulance that took him to hospital, officials said.
Marcano is the 12th NYPD officer to be shot this year.
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