3 NYPD cops wounded in 2 shootouts; 1 suspect killed

NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said plainclothes officers

NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said plainclothes officers Lukasz Kozicki, left, and Michael Levay, center, were on patrol in Brooklyn Jan. 4 when shot by a man with a 9-millimeter handgun. Off-duty officer Juan Pichardo was shot in the thigh at his family's Bronx car dealership the same night, police said. (Credit: DCPI)

Three NYPD officers were wounded and a gunman was killed Thursday night in two separate shootings within an hour, one in a Brooklyn subway station and the other during a foiled robbery in the Bronx, police said.

Only two officers were hospitalized, none with life-threatening injuries, police officials said.

Just before 7:30 p.m., two on-duty transit officers saw a rider violating rules by moving between cars on the N train and asked for his identification, said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

As the train neared the stop at Fort Hamilton Parkway and 62nd Street, the rider appeared to reach for his wallet but instead pulled a 9 mm handgun out of his waistband and started firing, he said.

Officer Lukasz Kozicki, 32, was hit three times: once on each thigh and once in the groin, police said. A witness said the gunman, whose name was not released, appeared to notice the officer's bullet-resistant vest and aimed low before firing.

A bullet grazed Officer Michael Levay, 27, in the back, but he shot and killed the gunman, police said. Kozicki was taken to Lutheran Medical Center.

An hour earlier in the Bronx, Officer Juan Pichardo was working off-duty at his family's car dealership when two men, one with a .380 handgun, pretended to be buyers, police said. They forced Pichardo and an employee onto the floor of a backroom and ransacked the office, police said.

But Pichardo wrestled with the gunman and was shot in the thigh before disarming him, police said. The gunman's accomplice and two others waiting in a getaway car were arrested nearby later, police said.

Pichardo was taken to Jacobi Medical Center. Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited both officers in the hospital Thursday night.

In the subway incident, MTA rules indicate the penalty for a violation is criminal prosecution or a civil fine. Criminal courts may impose a fine of up to $25, 10 days in jail or both. Under the civil penalty, a violator can be fined up to $100.

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