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Officer shot in the Bronx in stable condition

New York City Police Department officers at the

New York City Police Department officers at the scene outside 3073 Park Ave. in the Bronx where a uniformed city cop was shot by a suspect in a second-floor apartment. Photo Credit: G.N. Miller / NY Post

A police officer who was hit at least three times in a shootout remains in critical but stable condition.

Officer Robert Salerno was shot Monday while responding to a 911 call in the South Bronx. He was hit twice in the abdomen. His bullet-resistant vest blocked another bullet.

He remained at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center on Tuesday.

The shooting occurred around noon at a housing project. A home health care aide called 911 to say her client’s son had a gun and had slapped her.

The son, Santiago Urena, opened fire on police. Officers returned fire, shooting 21 times.

Urena was later found dead inside with a gunshot wound to the head. It was unclear whether it was self-inflicted or from police gunfire.

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