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NYPD: LI cop treated after accidental shooting

The officer shot men who were trying to rob him and also accidentally shot himself, police said.

New York City in 2018 continued to hit

New York City in 2018 continued to hit new lows in violence, dropping a whisker below 2017's low mark for homicides. Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

An off-duty Hempstead police officer shot two men who tried to rob him and accidentally shot himself after a crash Saturday morning in the Bronx, the NYPD said.

Police said the officer fired a shot through his right calf about 6:15 a.m. near Sedgwick Avenue and Hall of Fame Terrace in the University Heights neighborhood.

A black Toyota Camry with two men inside rear-ended the 33-year-old officer's unmarked vehicle, the NYPD said.

As he and the men were assessing the damage, two other men pulled up in a red Nissan sedan and all four began attacking the unidentified officer, police said.

During the struggle, the officer shot a 19-year-old man  in the abdomen and a 24-year-old man in the back, police said. He inadvertently shot his calf/ while fighting off the assailants.

The officer was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital to be treated for his injury, which was not considered life-threatening, police said. The four men left in the Nissan and dropped off the two wounded ones at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, where they were treated and being held in custody. They were listed in stable condition.

Police are still looking for the other two, the NYPD said. The Toyota was left at the scene of the shooting.

Hempstead police declined to comment.


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