New York City, NY - An NYPD officer was shot on Thursday, August 10, and his ballistic vest likely saved his life, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The incident occurred about 4:35 PM, when the wounded police officer and his partner, who was with him, responded to 149 Ridgewood Avenue in Brooklyn to a 911 call of an emotionally disturbed person (EDP) inside a building, according to USA Today.
Commissioner James O'Neill said that the suspect's mother had called 911 and told the dispatcher that her son was emotionally disturbed and "acting erratically", that he was not armed, and not violent.
The wounded officer went in through the front door with EMS, while his partner went to the back of the apartment, after being warned by the suspect's mother that he might flee. When the first officer approached a rear bedroom, the suspect opened fire. Multiple shots were fired, and the officer was struck once in his right arm, and twice in his ballistic vest.
The NYPD's public information office said that shortly after officers arrived, there was a radio transmission that an officer had been shot in his vest, and also had an arm injury. Officers rushed the suspect's mother out of the apartment to safety after the officer was shot, found cover away from the apartment, and called for help.
The wounded police officer was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he is now listed in stable condition, and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries. He is from the 75th Precinct Patrol Unit, and was identified by Fox News as Hart Nguyen.
The suspect , age 29, remained barricaded inside the building, and a standoff ensued. The NYPD said about 7 PM that they had made entry into the apartment, and found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to CBS Local New York.
Commissioner O'Neill said that two firearms were found by his side. He was not identified.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the wounded police officer was 30-years-old, and a two-year veteran of the NYPD.
He said “What could have been just another day, just another call turned into something much worse, and thank God our officer’s going to come through it. He’s a brave young man. He had a great attitude. He was actually, you know, trying to make light of the situation in his own hospital bed; having a lot of spirit; a lot of energy.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured officer. Get well, soon.