Off-duty cop stops robbery, fires gun in East Harlem
NEW YORK - The NYPD is searching for at least three suspects after an off-duty detective fired his weapon while trying to stop a robbery in East Harlem.
The NYPD said the gunshots rang out near Park Avenue and East 122nd Street in East Harlem at about 11:30 a.m.
According to authorities, a man was walking on the street when two suspects got out of an SUV and robbed him at gunpoint.
The detective saw the robbery happening and approached the suspects, identifying himself as an officer and ordering the suspects not to move.
When one armed suspect turned towards the detective, the officer fired once. The suspects allegedly dropped their gun and drove off.
The gunfire did not hit anyone but the officer was taken to a hospital to be treated for tinnitus, New York City police said.
So far, no arrests have been made and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.