YONKERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A police officer in Yonkers was shot in the jaw while investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle Monday evening.
Police received reports of a suspicious vehicle occupied by two men at the corner of Marshall Road and Ridge Drive around 8 p.m.
“The car was dispatched, as they approached the car they immediately were met with gunfire,” Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said.
Police say one of the men pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots, striking a female officer once in the jaw.
Neighbors heard the barrage of gunfire.
“I said it was fireworks, because there were so many of them,” Yonkers resident Robert D’Amato said. “There were small ones then bigger ones. A little time went by then there were six or seven in a row. ‘Bam, bam, bam.’ Then we knew it was gunfire.”
Authorities say police returned fire, striking one of the suspects.
The wounded officer was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi in serious but stable condition.
Judging by the number of shots fired, Commissioner Gardner said she was lucky.
“This could’ve been much worse,” he said. “Thank God the officer did not sustain life-threatening injuries. She was struck, she’s in serious but stable condition, thank God she’s going to be okay.”
One of the suspects was taken into custody, while the wounded suspect was rushed to a nearby hospital and was undergoing surgery late Monday.
A handgun was recovered at the scene, where investigators continued their investigation early Tuesday morning.
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