NYPD Officer Thomas Richards Saved After Bullet Strikes Gunbelt

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A police officer is lucky to be alive Monday after a running gun battle in lower Manhattan.

It all went down at about 1:44 a.m., police say.

That’s when officers Thomas Richards and Thomas Dunne stepped out of their police van to confront Luis Martinez at 47 Columbia Street.

Police spokesman Paul Browne says Martinez, 25, muttered something and then opened fire at the officers.

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One of the bullets hit a spare clip on Richards’ gunbelt.

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This is the magazine that saved officer Thomas Richards' life on Feb. 27, 2012. (credit: NYPD)

“We’re lucky again,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “If it had been up an inch it would’ve been right into the officer’s body.”

Richards returned fire, and then officers chased Martinez as he ran down Rivington Street. The chase lasted several blocks until, at Baruch Drive, police say Martinez stopped and again fired away at the two cops.

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Police returned fire, Browne said, hitting Martinez in the right leg. Martinez ran to his apartment on Baruch Drive, where he was arrested by Emergency Services Unit officers. Police were able to follow the blood trail to his apartment.

Police say they found the gun Martinez used in the trash compactor. Martinez was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he is in stable condition.

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Police say this is the weapon used to shoot the bullet that hit Officer Thomas Richards in his gunbelt on Feb. 27, 2012. (credit: NYPD)

Officers Richards and Dunne were examined at Beth Israel Hospital and released.

It’s the fourth shooting of an NYPD officer in two months.

What do you make of the recent string of police officers being shot? Sound off in our comments section below. 

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One Comment

  1. SJ says:

    My above comment is in response to the loser Paul Clinton.

  2. SJ says:

    My above comment is in response to the loser Paul Clinton

  3. John says:

    David, your an idiot. Here’s hoping you get robbed and beaten tonight !! Cheers!!

    1. RoyBoySays says:

      I second that motion John………………….

    2. PAUL CLINTON says:

      I RATHER GET ROBBED AND BEATEN AND KNOW OUR GOVT DEFENDS THE CONSTITUTION NOT CHANGE IT TO CONTROL THE MASSES AND FINE US TAX US ARREST US SHOOT US IN THE NAME OF “PUBLIC SAFETY” OR “TERRORISM” TO FILL THERE POCKETS.

  4. Thank you Housing Pollice. says:

    I have seen these two Police Officers in the Baruch Houses a number of times. They always say hello and do their job protecting us from the groups that gather at night. I’m glad they are okay. The Housing Authority should terminate the lease for the apartment that the guy who shot them lives in. We will be even safer then.

    1. PAUL CLINTON says:

      HE GOT A NEW LEASE IN RIKERS ISLAND

  5. David says:

    We live in a police state as it is. It’s not that we don’t have enough police, the reason why we have so many police is because of bad laws that make good people into criminals. The drug war is a farce and should be repealed just like prohibition was.

    1. RoyBoySays says:

      WoW that’s really genius thinking! It;’s the cop’s fault people become criminals, “classic” what an idiot !

    2. Antoine says:

      Guess they should make prositution legal also? 🙂 LMAO

      1. KPMc says:

        Absolutely, 100%!!!

        Collect the taxes and put an end to street solicitation!

    3. PAUL CLINTON says:

      I AGREEE 100% WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GO TO CITY HALL AND BUY A PERMIT TO TAKE A DUMP PRETTY SOON THESE PEOPLE DONT SEE THAT. THEY JUST WANA “BE SAFE”…POPULATION CONTROL PEOPLE REMEMBER THE NAZI REGIME AND LOOK AT HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF.

  6. Antoine says:

    I would like to know why was this man stopped at 1:44am. Did the police know he had a gun on him or was he just stopped because he was latino walking the street at 1:44am. I’m NOT SAYING it okay to shoot cops. I just want to know if it was a WHITE man walking at 1:44am would the police had stop him?

    1. RoyBoySays says:

      He’s a criminal,what difference does it make what race he was,he had a gun he shot a cop……………….too bad they didn’t waste him

      1. PAUL CLINTON says:

        ROY BOY U R EITHER A COP OR A MOMMAS BOY THAT COULDN’T PLAY OUTSIDE WITH YOUR FRIENDS IN THE SUMMER TIME AND HAD TO SKIP ROPE IN YOUR HALLWAY LOBBY. COPS NEED TO BE SHOT SOMETIMES. NOT ALWAYS BUT WHEN WE CANT CHANGE THINGS PEACEFULLY VIOLENCE IS NECESSARY.

    2. PAUL CLINTON says:

      LOL MARTINEZ FELT HIS RIGHT TO WALK DOWN THE STREET WITH OUT GETTING HARASSED BY THE POLICE WAS BEING VIOLATED…SO HE DECIDED TO GO OUT IN A BLAZE OF GLORY…TOO BAD HIS SHOOTING SKILLS WHERE MEDIOCRE .THEN AGAIN THATS WHAT THE PLAN IS WITH GUN CONTROL….SO WE CANT SHOOT BACK WHEN THEY TRY TO ROUND US ALL UP AND THROW US IN CONCENTRATION CAMPS.HEHEHE

  7. RoyBoySays says:

    They should have wasted him when they had the chance.Now the taxpayers will have to support this con for the next 20 years……………Hail to the HERO COPS!

  8. john says:

    Where is Rev Al Sharpton now? He is so quick to put down the NYPD regarding police shootings but when an NYPD officer is shot or worst killed in the line of duty he stays away. Can’t get good publicity when its the bad guys doing the shooting – right Al!

    I can not believe that Bloomberg and Kelley actually listens to this guy!

    Hire more cops for the streets and keep our city safe

  9. Sam Popack says:

    The sherif used to shoot it out with the bad guys.

  10. Cate says:

    Well said, Nena.

  11. NENA says:

    THE NYPD HAS GOTTEN A LOT OF BAD PRESS IN THE RECENT YEARS THAT HAS TARNISHED THE REPUTATION OF THE NYPD. BASED ON THE NEWS REPORTS THAT HAVE BEEN RECENTLY PUBLISHED ABOUT THE NYPD, THE NYPD LOOKS LIKE THE “BAD” GUYS. HOWEVER, THEY ARE DOING THE JOBS THEY GET PAID TO DO-KEEP OUR CITY SAFE AND THE BAD GUYS OFF THE STREETS. iT IS NOT THE EASIEST JOB IN THE WORLD, THEY DEAL WITH MANY PERSONALITIES, SITUATIONS, AND LONG WORK HOURS. CRIME IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL. THERE HAS BEEN A DECREASE IN HIRING NEW COPS THAT APPEARENTLY IS NOW CONTRIBUTING TO CRIIME ON THE RISE AND COPS BEING SHOT AT. IT SEEMS LIKE NYC HAS BECOME A BATTLE GROUND BETWEEN THE COPS AND THE CRIMINALS. COPS SHOULD BE PROTECTING THE CITY BY KEEPING GUNS OFF THE STREET. THE RESOURCES OF THE NYPD ARE LIMITED AND NOTHING IS GETTING DONE TO CHANGE THAT. THIS MAKES ME FEEL UNSAFE. WE HAVE TO HAVE MEASURES IN PLACE TO ALSO PROTECT THOSE THAT MAKE THE REST OF US SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT. IT TAKES A VERY SPECIAL PERSON TO STAND ON THE NYC STREETS AT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY IN ALL CHANGING NYC WEATHER CIONDITIONS .IT IS ENOUGH THAT WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THIER SLEEP DEPRIVATION, LACK ON STEADY DAYS OFF, AND THIER SAFETY WHILE AT WORK, NOW WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE GUNS ON THE STREETS THAT COULD HAVE KILLED AN INNOCENT CHILD OR BYSTANDER. IT IS SAD TO KNOW THAT THINGS DON’T CHANGE UNTIL SOMEONE GETS HURT OR KILLED. PREVENTIVE MEASURES ARE BETTER THAN CURE. WHAT ARE WE AS A SOCIETY DOING TO KEEP NYC SAFE. WE NEED MORE COPS ON THE STREETS. HIRE MORE.

    1. SJ says:

      Hope you never need help of the NYPD. Do us all a favor and decline it, and let them safely go on their way, and let you get yours.

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