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NYPD: Off-Duty Cop Shoots Groping Suspect At 125th Street Subway Station

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The scene inside the 125th Street Station in Harlem after authorities said an off-duty officer shot a suspected groper. (credit: CBS 2)

The scene inside the 125th Street Station in Harlem after authorities said an off-duty officer shot a suspected groper. (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man was taken to the hospital Friday after being shot by an off-duty police officer at the 125th Street Station in Harlem.

According to authorities, a 14-year-old girl told her mother she had been groped. Her mother yelled for police and a 19-year veteran off-duty officer approached the mother and daughter, identified himself as a police officer and was assisting them.

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As he was obtaining information from them, another woman approached the officer and said that she, too, had been groped by the same man, according to police spokesman Paul J. Browne.

The officer then took the stairway from the main mezzanine to the uptown D platform at 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue looking for the suspect.

As the officer was on his way to confront the suspect, he asked the teen’s mother to go back upstairs, as reception down there is nonexistent, and tell 911 an officer needed assistance making an arrest, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

The officer then tried to arrest the 22-year-old man, and a scuffle ensued, police said. A round was discharged from the officer’s gun and the suspect was shot in the torso, Browne said.

The man was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition. The officer was taken to the hospital for trauma. None of the women involved were injured.

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