NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A slew of friends, family and fellow officers made their way to Jamaica Hospital throughout the day Monday to visit Joseph Koch, the off-duty officer shot and wounded as he helped to stop an assault in Queens over the weekend.
Police said Koch, a seven-year NYPD veteran, suffered a wound to the hand after intervening in an alleged domestic dispute on Sunday evening.
The father was hailed a hero for his actions.
“He’s in stable condition, thank God,” Koch’s future father-in-law, Wilfredo Medina, told CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell.
The incident happened around 10 p.m. Sunday at a home on South Road in Jamaica.
Koch, 29, was leaving a barbecue at Medina’s home when he heard an 11-year-old boy screaming for help as his mother’s ex-boyfriend was allegedly assaulting her.