NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A police detective was shot in Upper Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon during a deadly confrontation with an armed suspect, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
Detective Kevin Herlihy, 47, was shot in the arm and is listed in stable condition at New York Presbyterian Hospital after a shootout with 52-year-old suspect Michael McBride.
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McBride, a suspect wanted in the shooting of his girlfriend’s 25-year-old daughter in the Rockaways on Monday, was being pursued by police when the gun violence erupted inside the subway station at West 145th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue in Hamilton Heights.
Detective Herlihy, a father of three and member of the Queens Warrant Felony Squad, was trying to apprehend McBride, who realized police were tracking him and tried to get away. Detectives eventually caught up with McBride in the subway station.
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That is when, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, McBride fired at least three and possibly up to six shots. One of those shots struck Herlihy in the left bicep. McBride was killed in an exchange of gunfire in which he was shot in the chest and ended up collapsing on a flight of stairs to the subway.
Eric Ferguson, McBride’s nephew, told CBS 2′s Sean Hennessey on Tuesday night that it seems his uncle, who had an extensive arrest history and was on parole for robbery, had little to live for.
“You got felonies, you got the age 52. What you going to do? You know, he didn’t want to go back to prison. I guess that was his only way out,” said Ferguson.
Herlihy fired approximately 13 times and was the only officer to fire, Kelly said.
Herlihy is expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday. He is the third member of the NYPD shot in the last month.
“Fortunately, we had another miraculous outcome today. With an officer shot at close range — just 10 feet away — he not only survived, but was able to stop his assailant from shooting anyone else,” Kelly said.
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