NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two NYPD detectives were honored Thursday for stopping a gunman who opened fire outside the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.

The detectives’ union named Jason Harper and Daurys Gutierrez detectives of the month.

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In December, video captured a man on the cathedral steps in Morningside Heights shooting into the air after a Christmas concert.

Gutierrez, Harper and Sgt. Kensington Cunningham shot and killed the suspect after he refused to drop his weapons.

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No one else was hurt.

“I spent 22 years of my career responding to dangerous incidents like that. Never once did I feel the need to discharge my firearm, and it was a situation that I think every officer wants to be prepared for, but they hope they never have to face,” Harper said.

Cunningham will receive a certificate of appreciation from the union.

CBSNewYork Team