New York police officer gunned down while resting in car between shifts
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NEW YORK (AP) – The skull of a New York City policeman was shattered when he was shot on Saturday while sleeping in his personal vehicle between shifts, but he is expected to make a full recovery, the city’s new police commissioner said, calling the officer “lucky”. “
Commissioner Keechant Sewell, sworn in hours earlier, told a press conference the officer had a fractured skull and had surgery at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, where a doctor said the bullet had missed vital structures in his head by a few millimeters after entering his temple. Fragments of bullets were removed from his wound, the doctor said.
“We are lucky, lucky and grateful on this New Year’s Day,” Sewell said.
Sewell said the shooting happened around 6:15 a.m. in the parking lot of a neighborhood house in East Harlem when the officer was awakened by the sound of shattered glass in his car and felt pain in his side left of the head.
The officer got out of the vehicle and was helped by a sergeant who saw blood flow from his head before an ambulance took him to hospital, Sewell said.
She said it was not known if the seven-year-old force member was targeted, but the bullet was apparently fired from “a significant distance” and other officers sleeping in their vehicles nearby did not hear. shots.
“It’s hard to say who the intended target was, if any, but let me say this: there are no stray bullets. There is someone shooting this gun and we intend to locate this person if possible, ”she said.
The commissioner said detectives were scouring the area looking for evidence, including videos.
He was sleeping in his vehicle because the compound’s bunks were full, officials said. A reward of $ 10,000 was offered for any information leading to an arrest.
Authorities said the bullet appeared to have been deflected through the rear passenger window it appeared to pass through, or possibly the officer’s skull.
Sewell said the officer worked a full shift Friday in Central Park and was resting before starting another shift at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Associated Press Writer Michael R. Sisak contributed to this story.
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