A cop responding to a South Bronx street fight early Saturday morning was injured during a shootout as officers pursued one of the suspects, authorities said.
Police Officer Sherrod Stuart, assigned to plainclothes anti-crime patrol, respond to 2505 3rd Ave. about 2:10 a.m. with a partner after there were several 911 calls reporting a large fight in the street with guns, bats and knives.
At the scene, the officers encountered a male suspect and pursued him, police said. Backup started to arrive and the officers engaged in a gunfight during which P.O. Stuart was struck in the right foot. He returned gunfire, striking the suspect four times.
The injured officer, who is 25 years old and a four-year veteran of the force, was taken to Lincoln Hospital where he is in stable condition. The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Christopher Rice, was also taken to Lincoln Hospital and is currently listed in serious condition.
Police said that Rice “has a criminal history of five prior arrests, including an arrest just yesterday on a charge of fare beating, a charge in which he was released from court at 11p.m. last night — three hours before the shooting.”
A 380 semi-automatic firearm was recovered at the scene. Three additional firearms were also recovered in a search of the area around 137th Street and 3rd Avenue where the street fight was reported.
Five stabbing victims have also been taken to local hospitals in connection to that incident.
The investigation is ongoing.