NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An NYPD detective is back home after being shot in the arm during a shootout with a suspect at a subway stop.

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Detective Kevin Herlihy said he “feels lucky” as he was greeted by two long rows of applauding police officers while being wheeled out Wednesday from New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center.

Mike Palladino, president of the Detectives Endowment Association, said he had a chance to speak with Herlihy before he left the hospital.

“He knows that he’s very lucky and I’m sure that he’s anxious to get back to work,” said Palladino.

Once back home in Lynbrook, Herlihy thanked his supporters and said he was looking forward to spending time with his wife Adrienne and their three children.

“I feel good,” he said.

Herlihy was shot in the bicep Tuesday while exchanging gunfire with a 52-year-old suspect, Michael McBride, who was shot in the chest and killed.

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Officers were following McBride when the shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at the 145th Street subway station in Hamilton Heights.

Police said he was wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting of his girlfriend’s daughter the day before in Queens and was being tracked by the Queens Warrant Felony Squad.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said McBride, a paroled felon, went to his girlfriend’s home where he got into an argument with her 25-year-old daughter. Kelly said McBride shot the woman in the head and fled the scene.

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The woman was taken to North Shore University Hospital where she is listed in very critical condition.

Police said when McBride realized he was being followed, he took off and then turned and fired four to six shots at police, hitting Herlihy in the arm. Kelly said Herlihy returned fire, shooting McBride in the chest.

NYPD detective Kevin Herlihy released from the hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

The suspect was taken to the hospital where he later died. No one else was hurt.

“He not only survived but was able to stop his assailant from shooting anyone else. I want to thank the doctors and staff here for their excellent care of Detective Herlihy and for their dedication to the community at large,” Kelly said in a statement.

Cops said McBride had an extensive arrest history and was on parole for robbery.

Comments (12)
  1. Liberal hater says:

    Stupid liberal

  2. Karen S says:

    glad you’re home with your family officer herlihy. thanks for your courage and service. dad was nypd for 30+ years. be well from a member of the extended family of the long blue line.

  3. jewishliberal says:

    Why did this Police man have to use 13 shots he could have asked the man to surrender

    1. Alex says:

      Before or after the detective got shot in the arm?

    2. nreilly says:

      There has got to be something mentally wrong with you if out of all that happened, this is how you use your freedom of speech. AFTER being shot in the arm, do you realy think he should ask the murderer to surrender. No! He shot back wounded. I would have shot 30 bullets until I knew that it meant this man, who also shot a girl in the head, would be off the streets.

      1. jewishliberal says:

        thank god Mayor Bloomberg does not allow 30 bullets for anyone

    3. Bernard Manning says:

      He WAS asking him to give up…the ghost.

    4. LPfromLB says:

      Please tell me you are not serious? Have you ever been in that situation? This is a friend of mine and is a good man and a good policeman…wish there were more like him…if you don’t know the full story, as you were not there and the media doesn’t tell it quite like it is, then…

  4. XFIREMAN says:

    yep true heros found dead on 911 with there pockets filled with stuff they stole and then all that sex with brothers wives that died that day.MY HEROS

  5. Chris says:

    Where is AL S. now? Why don’t you hold a rally for this hero Detective??? One more piece of #$% off the streets! GOD BLESS HE NYPD

  6. CT Native says:

    Hero cop removes another piece of trash from NYC. Well done!

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