An NYPD sergeant is recovering after being shot in a Bronx gun battle, which claimed the life of another sergeant, police said.
Sgt. Emmanuel Kwo was hit in the leg, and Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo was fatally shot in the forehead Friday afternoon during a shootout with Manuel Rosales, 35, on Beach Avenue in Van Nest.
Kwo, 30, was released from Jacobi Medical Center late Friday, police said.
The city is morning Tuozzolo, 41, a 19-year-veteran of the NYPD. He lived in Suffolk county with his wife and two children.
“We lost a very good man, a devoted man,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said of Tuozzolo at the news conference. “A man who committed his life to protecting all of us.”
At a vigil for Tuozzolo held in Huntington Saturday and a blue line was painted in the street in front of his home in his memory. Flowers, candles and ribbons were displayed in his community and at the 43rd precinct.
Members of the Sergeants Benevolent Association created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the NYPD Widows and Children’s Fund. As of press time, the campaign had raised $45,300 of their $100,000 goal. The money is to be given as a scholarship for the slain officer's two children.
Surveillance video captured the moments when the officers approached Rosales, who then opened fire with a Colt .45 handgun, hitting Tuozzolo in the head.
Rosales was carrying multiple weapons when he broke into his estranged wife’s home around 3 p.m., police said. The 29-year-old woman was home with their 3-year-old son, along with a 50-year-old woman and a 13-year-old child, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
Kwo sustained a gunshot wound in the leg but managed to take cover behind a car while also shooting at Rosales.
Other officers who arrived at the scene continued to shoot and kill Rosales.
Rosales had 17 other arrests on his record, police said.
The two officers were taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where Tuozzolo was pronounced dead.