Two New York police officers shot in the Bronx, one fatally, the other a Cameroonian
One New York City police officer was fatally shot and another injured Friday during an incident in the Bronx, according to authorities.
The New York Police Department on Friday confirmed the death, posting on Twitter that Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo “was shot and killed while doing his job.” The injured officer, identified as Sgt. Emmanuel Kwo, was in stable condition after the shooting, according to the department. He had been shot in the leg.
“It is with tremendous sorrow that I inform you of the murder of Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said at a news conference Friday evening, adding that he spoke with the family of the officer, who was a 19-year veteran of the NYPD and a married father.
“The city is in mourning,” de Blasio said.
The department — which noted the information was preliminary — detailed the shooting on its Twitter feed, writing that the fatal encounter occurred after a woman called emergency responders on Friday afternoon and said an armed man broke into her Bronx apartment.
Dispatch told police who were responding to the scene that the suspect fled in a red vehicle. That car was spotted by a marked NYPD vehicle.
As officers approached, the suspect, Manuel Rosales, opened fire, according to NYPD. The suspect was hit when officers returned fire, and two sergeants were hit in the exchange of bullets.
After the shooting, the officers were brought to Jacobi Medical Center, a hospital in the Bronx, according to a spokeswoman for the police department.
The shooting occurred less than two days after a lone attacker in Iowa gunned down two police officers there in separate ambush attacks early Wednesday.
Those attacks in Iowa came during a year that has seen the number of police officers shot and killed in the line of duty increase over last year, prompting unease from law enforcement, particularly after deadly ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge over the summer.
The last time a police officer was fatally shot in New York was Officer Randolph Holder, 33. He was shot and killed in October 2015 during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect after police responded to a call about shots fired in the East Harlem area.
Holder was the fourth officer killed by gunfire in less than a year. Earlier that year, Officer Brian Moore was fatally shot in what prosecutors called an “assassination.” In December 2014, two New York police officers sitting in their squad car were gunned down in what authorities said was an “execution-style” ambush.