(UPDATE) Two cops shot at N train station
Two police officers were shot last night at the Fort Hamilton Parkway station in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
According to Kelly, around 7:32 p.m., a lieutenant and three officers assigned to transit patrol were in plainclothes in two cars of a Manhattan-bound N train.
Officers Michael Levay and Lukasz Kozicki saw a man moving in between cars, and approached him in order to remove him as the train approached the 62nd Street station, Kelly said.
“The male stood up as if to comply with the officers and appeared to reach for his wallet,” Kelly said in a statement.
Instead, Kelly said, the man pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot Kozicki, 32, three times, in the upper thighs and groin.
“A witness said that the gunman appeared to notice the officer’s bullet-resistant vest, and, as a result, aimed low before he fired,” Kelly added.
Levay, 27, was also shot in his lower back, protected by his vest, and returned fire, killing the shooter, police said.
A passenger in the subway car was injured with a graze wound.
In an unrelated incident an hour earlier in the Bronx, Officer Juan Pichardo was working off duty at his family’s car dealership when two men with a gun entered, Kelly added.
The two pretended to be interested in buying a car, but instead forced Pichardo and another employee by gunpoint into an office.
Pichardo grabbed the gunman, who shot him, but he was able to wrestle the gunman to the ground and disarm him.
The NYPD announced today that four people were arrested in the Bronx incident and charged with attempted murder and burglary, among other charges.
“The historic crime reductions that New Yorkers enjoy come at a price,” Kelly said. “So thank God, that the doctors at Lutheran and Jacobi did their usual work, and all of these officers will recover.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke Thursday night at Lutheran Medical Center, again reinforcing the need to get guns off the street.
“In recent weeks, we’ve heard some people say that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said. “But sometimes the good guys get shot.”
Officer Michael Levay
Officer Lukasz Kozicki
All photos from NYPD.