A manhunt is underway in New York City this morning after two New York City police officers were shot and wounded late last night in the Bronx.
The officers, who have not yet been named, were responding to an armed robbery at a Chinese restaurant. The shooting occurred around 10:40pm near East 184th Street and Tiebout Avenue.
Both officers were rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital. One suffered a wound to the elbow, while the other was hit in the back, said Lieutenant John Grimpel, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department. Their injuries are not said to be life-threatening.
This recent shooting comes amid increasing tensions in New York. Last month two police officers were gunned down by a man who claimed on social media to be retaliating for police killings of unarmed black men during encounters with white officers in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City this summer. Officer Wenjian Liu, 32, and Officer Rafael Ramos, 40, were killed on December 20 as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn. Their killer, since identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, shot himself dead shortly afterward.
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On Sunday, during Wenjian Liu’s funeral service, hundreds of police officers turned their backs to a video monitor on which the New York City mayor eulogized Liu, just as they had done at the funeral last week of his partner, Ramos. The officers’ deaths have led to fraught relations between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police labor union, which says the mayor created an environment that led to the shootings by supporting demonstrators’ right to protest against police violence. The protests included those following a Staten Island grand jury’s decision last month not to indict an officer who held unarmed black man Eric Garner - who was suspected of selling loose cigarettes - in a chokehold, leading to his death.