Yonkers police-involved shooting investigated
NEW YORK - Police in Yonkers were investigating a police-involved shooting on Monday afternoon in an incident that police say was an attempted suicide-by-cop incident.
Police were called to an apartment at 52 Main St. at around 12:30 p.m. to a 911 call of shots being fired and a man waving a gun.
Police say that when officers made initial contact with the 24-year-old man, he shouted that he had a gun. Police later determined that he had used a mobile phone and another object to create a crude imitation pistol. Investigators also believe that he made the initial 911 call.
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Three officers fired shots and the man was hit in the leg. He was rushed to a hospital and was expected to survive.
One officer suffered four broken vertebrae and a severe concussion after he jumped over a railing, Police Commissioner John Mueller said. The officer was in an ICU Monday evening in stable condition.
The man who was shot was also listed in stable condition.
The other officers who were at the scene were taken to the hospital as a precaution.
The Yonkers Police Department the man lived in the apartment where the incident took place.
Police Commissioner John J. Mueller said, "Everyday, police officers in this country respond to thousands of incidents that have the potential for use of deadly force and are called upon to deal with any number of issues, increasingly with people in crisis. Upholding the sanctity of life remains paramount; thankfully in this incident the injuries are not life-threatening. We are committed to a thorough and transparent review of yesterday’s events."
Officers are seen at the scene of a police-involved shooting in Yonkers on Jan. 17, 2022. (FOX5NY)