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NYPD officers from LI survive shooting

A photo of Officer Thomas Richards' spare ammunition

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) Photo Credit: NYPD

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
Photo 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.
Photo 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
Photo 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)

Bullet markers in front of 47 Columbia St.
Photo 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
Photo 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.
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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)

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