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Police conduct an investigation at Seward Park Housing (Credit: Charles Eckert)

Police conduct an investigation at Seward Park Housing Facility on Essex Street after NYPD Officer Brian Groves, 30, of Patchogue, was shot early Thursday morning at the Lower East Side project. (July 5, 2012)

NYPD officer from LI shot

NYPD Officer Brian Groves was shot in the chest early Thursday by a fleeing suspect in a downtown Manhattan housing project, city officials said. The officer's bulletproof vest saved his life.

Police conduct an investigation at Seward Park Housing
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Police conduct an investigation at Seward Park Housing Facility on Essex Street after NYPD Officer Brian Groves, 30, of Patchogue, was shot early Thursday morning at the Lower East Side project. (July 5, 2012)

Police offer a reward for information leading to
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Police offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in connection with the Thursday shooting of Officer Brian Groves, of Patchogue, at the Seward Park Housing Facility on Essex Street. (July 5, 2012)

The NYPD released this sketch of a suspect
(Credit: NYPD)

The NYPD released this sketch of a suspect in connection with the Thursday shooting of Officer Brian Groves, of Patchogue, who Mayor Michael Bloomberg said was saved by a bulletproof vest. (July 5, 2012)

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NYPD Officer Brian Groves, 30, of Patchogue, who
(Credit: NYPD)

NYPD Officer Brian Groves, 30, of Patchogue, who was saved by his bulletproof vest early Thursday after he was shot in the chest by a fleeing suspect at a downtown Manhattan housing project, city officials said. (July 5, 2012)

This bulletproof vest saved the life of Officer
(Credit: NYPD)

This bulletproof vest saved the life of Officer Brian Groves -- who was shot in the chest early Thursday at a Lower East Side housing project -- according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. (July 5, 2012)

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