NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - A New York City police officer who was shot in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon is very lucky to be alive, officials said.
Several officers responded to a 911 call from home the Cypress Hills section of the borough about an "emotionally disturbed person," Commissioner James O'Neill said. The caller, a woman, said her 29-year-old son was with her in the home and that he was unarmed and not violent.
Some officers and EMS staff entered the home while another officer went to the rear of the home because the woman said her son might try to flee from the back door, O'Neill said. As the officer approached the rear bedroom, the 29-year-old man fired several shots, hitting the cop twice in the chest and once right arm, the commissioner said. The officer's ballistic-resistant vest stopped the round that hit him in the chest.
EMS treated him at the scene and then brought him to Jamaica Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
"Brave young man," O'Neill said.
O'Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the officer in his hospital room. The mayor said the 30-year-old cop had a "great attitude" and was making light of his ordeal.
Video from SkyFoxHD showed a massive police response to the neighborhood. Tactical officers could be seen aiming weapons at the home, where the gunman barricaded himself inside the bedroom.
Sometime later, officers with the Emergency Service Unit entered the bedroom and found the man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"An officer was shot while responding to a call. Thanks to his training and his equipment, the officer is expected to make a full recovery," de Blasio tweeted.
Tonight we saw another example of our NYPD officers going into any situation, never knowing how it might turn on a moment’s notice. pic.twitter.com/eDXIMZ0R5D— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 11, 2017