A plainclothes NYPD cop investigating a past shooting was shot while chasing a man in the Bronx on Tuesday night, police and sources said.
The 31-year-old male officer, with the department’s gun violence suppression unit, was struck in the back near Lafayette Avenue and White Plains Road in Soundview at about 10:30 p.m., police and sources said.
He and three fellow officers were driving near the intersection when the 24-year-old suspect — who is known to the department — fled after he realized they had spotted him, the sources said.
At an early Wednesday press briefing, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said it is believed police exchanged gunfire with the suspect during the chase.
“In the course of seconds, what we know is that our officer we believe fired one round. We believe the perpetrator fired four rounds,” Shea said.