+-
A photo of Officer Thomas Richards' spare ammunition (Credit: NYPD)

A photo of Officer Thomas Richards' spare ammunition magazine shows a dent where a bullet hit, protecting him from a wound in his abdomen. (Feb. 27, 2012)

NYPD officers from LI survive shooting

NYPD officer Thomas Richards escaped serious injury Feb. 27 -- in what Police Commissioner Ray Kelly called "another miracle" -- when the officer's spare ammunition magazine on his gun belt deflected a bullet fired at him by a suspect on Manhattan's Lower East Side, officials said. His partner, Officer Thomas Dunne, was also shot at, but not wounded.

Thomas Dunne, of Mount Sinai, returns home with
(Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz)

Thomas Dunne, of Mount Sinai, returns home with his 5-month-year old son, Jaxson, after being shot at along with partner Thomas Richards while on duty as a NYPD officer. (Feb. 27, 2012)

Bullet markers in front of 47 Columbia St.
(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Bullet markers in front of 47 Columbia St. in lower Manhattan, where two police officers from Long Island were shot at as they approached a suspect. (Feb. 27, 2012)

A photo of Officer Thomas Richards' spare ammunition
(Credit: NYPD)

A photo of Officer Thomas Richards' spare ammunition magazine shows a dent where a bullet hit, protecting him from a wound in his abdomen. (Feb. 27, 2012)

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE
Bullet markers in front of 47 Columbia St.
(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Bullet markers in front of 47 Columbia St. in lower Manhattan, where two police officers from Long Island were shot at as they approached a suspect. (Feb. 27, 2012)

NYPD Officer Thomas Richards who narrowly escaped a
(Credit: NYPD)

NYPD Officer Thomas Richards who narrowly escaped a bullet when it was deflected by his gun belt during a running gun battle Monday on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. (Feb. 27, 2012)

Bullet markers in front of 47 Columbia St.
(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Bullet markers in front of 47 Columbia St. in lower Manhattan, where two police officers from Long Island were shot at as they approached a suspect. (Feb. 27, 2012)

NYPD Officer Thomas Dunne of Suffolk County, was
(Credit: NYPD)

NYPD Officer Thomas Dunne of Suffolk County, was with his partner, Officer Thomas Richards during a gun battle early Monday on the Lower East Side. Richard's gun belt deflected a bullet that would have wounded him. (Feb. 27, 2012)

This is a police photograph of the recovered
(Credit: NYPD)

This is a police photograph of the recovered 9-mm Taurus handgun used to fire upon Officer Thomas Richards during a gun battle on the Lower East Side. (Feb. 27, 2012)

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE

Comments

Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.