NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An NYPD officer was shot Thursday afternoon in Washington Heights. The armed suspect police were chasing was killed in the gun battle.

It happened at 187th Street and Wadsworth Avenue at around 4:30 p.m. Police were responding to a 911 call of a man firing shots into the air.

Responding officers chased the suspect into a parking lot where they exchanged gunfire. An anti-crime plainclothes officer was shot in the arm. He was rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital and is expected to survive.

NYPD commissioner James O’Neill said the gunman continued firing at the officer’s partner, with one of his bullets hitting an anti-crime officer’s front windshield – missing the driver by inches.

NYPD commissioner O’Neill displays the gunshot that pierced an NYPD anti-crime car’s windshield. (Credit: CBS2)

That officer reportedly fired three shots at the suspect, fatally striking him in the chest. That gunman was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.

WEB EXTRA – NYPD officials discuss the fatal police-involved shooting in Washington Heights:

Both Commissioner O’Neill and PBA president Patrick Lynch said video taken at the scene showed several officers running towards the danger as bullets were being fired at them in Washington Heights.

“This afternoon provided us all with another reminder of how brave and dedicated police officers face grave threats everyday keeping the city safe,” O’Neill said.

“No concern for their own danger, their own safety, they ran anyway. So we say we run towards danger, realize, we really do,” Lynch added Thursday night.

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After the deadly encounter, the NYPD released that surveillance video, showing dozens of officers charging at the armed suspect during the Manhattan gun battle.

Police also recovered the suspect’s gun at the scene.

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The wounded officer’s name has not been released.

Check back soon for more information on this developing story. 


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