Two NYPD officers have been shot in the Bronx, police say. It’s not clear what led to the shooting on East 184th Street and Tiebout Avenue in the Fordham section shortly after 10:30 p.m.
The officers were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital and are expected to be OK, the NYPD said. A law enforcement source said it appears one officer was shot in the back and the other shot in the arm.
The shootings come just after the funeral for NYPD officer Wenjian Liu, who was killed last month by an African-American Muslim from Baltimore in the wake of the Ferguson protests and the death of Eric Garner while in police custody on Staten Island. New York City cops, outraged at the anti-police rhetoric that had been issuing from lefty Mayor Warren Wilhelm, Jr., aka Bill de Blasio, twice turned their backs on the mayor as he attended the slain cops’ funerals.
The shooter or shooters are being sought. The shootings happened just hours after the mayor and the police commissioner held a joint news conference to tout record low crime levels, with overall crime down 4 percent from last year. But shootings were up 13 percent, which NYPD officials admitted were “an area of concern.”
The Bronx shooting may or may not be related. But they’re certainly not a good sign.
UPDATE: Newsday reports that the police officers were responding to a robbery call.