Two New York City police officers were shot while responding to a robbery in the Bronx Monday night.
A 30-year-old officer was shot in his left arm and lower back and a 38-year-old officer was hit in his left arm and chest. They were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital and are in critical but stable condition. A manhunt is currently underway for the suspects. Mayor Bill de Blasio held a news conference on Tuesday. He said ” They went above and beyond the call to protect their fellow New Yorkers. Thank God the officers are doing well and will recover.” The officers were near the end of their shift when a call came in about an armed robbery at a grocery store.
They spotted two men who matched the description of the robbers. One was inside a Chinese restaurant, the other on the street outside the restaurant. Police Commissioner William Bratton said, when the officers identified themselves, the man inside the store came out and began firing. The two officers were struck. In the ensuing gunfire exchange, one of the attackers may also have been struck. The suspects ran away and hijacked a car, according to police. The car was later found abandoned, along with a black revolver.
Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus issued a warning to students saying that a suspect was seen at Fordham Road and Third Avenue. Staff and students are advised to stay on campus because of heavy police activity in the surrounding area.
Authorities say two suspects are now in custody and are being questioned. The officers have been identified as 30-year-old Andrew Dossi and 38-year-old Aliro Pellerano. Both are from Rockland County.