The streets of Bronx witnessed fatal killings when a gunman shot and killed a New York City police sergeant and wounded another before he was gunned down in a fiery exchange of gunfire.
According to reports, the gunman had just broken into the apartment of his estranged wife and the cops were responding to a call about the break-in and encountered the suspect’s vehicle about half a mile (1 km) away when the man opened fire with a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun.
Recounting the incident, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said an exchange of gunfire resulted with the suspect being pronounced dead at the scene while the officers were taken to the hospital, he said.
Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo, a 19-year veteran of the force and father of two young children, was pronounced dead at the hospital. The wounded officer, 9-year veteran Emmanuel Kwo, was shot in the leg and was in stable condition, O’Neill said.
“The city is in mourning and the family of the NYPD is in mourning,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters about an hour after informing the officer’s wife and parents of his death.
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