The cop saved by his bullet-resistant arrest when he was shot during a confrontation with a naked gunman in a Harlem apartment building was released from the hospital just hours later Wednesday.
The officer, wearing green hospital scrubs and an NYPD windbreaker, was rolled out of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s hospital in a wheelchair to applause from fellow brothers and sisters in blue six hours after he was blasted in the chest.
The wounded cop waved to well wishers as he was escorted to the back of an awaiting NYPD van that would drive him home. His name was not immediately released.
The officer and seven other cops responded to 911 calls from the apartment building on Frederick Douglass Blvd. near W. 148th St. about 1:50 a.m.
The gunman was harassing a woman inside “banging on doors and breaking glass,” NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
When cops confronted the suspect on the second floor he pointed a .9 mm semi-automatic handgun at the officer, according to police. As the two fought, the cop was shot in the chest and the suspect was blasted multiple times by police.
The cop’s bullet-resistant vest saved the officer’s life. The 29-year-old suspect died at the scene.
The wounded officer is a seven-year veteran of the NYPD. He’s also married to an NYPD cop. The two met as they trained in their 2012 police academy class, O’Neill said.
“This morning’s shooting of an NYPD cop underscores the inherent dangers they bravely face on behalf of every New Yorker,” NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan wrote on Twitter. “Fortunately, the officer left the hospital only hours after being shot to continue his recovery. Please make sure to always keep NY’s Finest in your prayers.”