NYPD officer released from hospital hours after Harlem gunfight with naked man

New York Post 3 weeks ago

The cop shot in his bulletproof vest during a violent confrontation with an armed, naked man inside a Harlem apartment building early Wednesday was released from the hospital just hours after the chaotic incident.

Less than six hours after the gunfight unfolded, the seven-year veteran officer, 34, was wheeled out of Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital with his family at his side and to the applause of throngs of fellow cops.

The officer, wearing green hospital scrubs and an NYPD windbreaker, was then escorted into a waiting NYPD vehicle where he waved to reporters.

“Terrific to be able to walk out our injured @NYPD32Pct brother from the hospital already, heading home to continue his recovery,” the Police Benevolent Association tweeted.

The cop was shot one time in the chest during the incident, but was spared serious injury by his protective vest. The suspect was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital.

He was one of eight uniformed officers from the 32nd Precinct to respond to a 911 harassment call made by a resident inside of 2785 Fredrick Douglass Boulevard at around 1:50 a.m., authorities said.

The 911 caller stated that her neighbor, who sources said was the superintendent of the building, was harassing her, banging on doors of the seven-story building and breaking glass.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the officers “fanned out” to search the building’s second-floor hallway where the 34-year-old cop suddenly encountered the suspect, identified by sources as Victor Hernandez, 29, who was pointing a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at the officer.

“A violent struggle immediately began and shots were fired,” O’Neill said, adding that the officer shouted for help as the struggle continued.

“The other officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect several times,” the city’s top cop said.


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