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Off-Duty Police Officer Shot In Early-Morning Bronx Shootout; Is In Stable Condition

The scene of the shootout in the Bronx (Credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

The scene of the shootout in the Bronx (Credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - An off-duty police officer was shot in the Bronx at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on Phelan Place.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports 

NYPD officer Nelson Vergara had just arrived home to his wife and children, and he was about to head inside when he had a bottle thrown at him by one in a group of men. As he approached them to try to break that up, another car pulled up to the scene. Out of seemingly nowhere, a man came out of that car and fired at both the group of men and the officer.

The officer was hit in the left shoulder and the right shin and was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital. He’s in stable condition.

Even though he had already been shot twice, Vergara — who has served two tours in Iraq with the Marines — not only fired back, but apprehended the man responsible for throwing the bottle. 19 shell cases littered the road following the incident.

Five suspects are being questioned at a nearby precinct.

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