NYPD officers shot a man during a shootout after he ran from a stolen car near Yankee Stadium early Sunday morning, officials said.
Police officers were responding to a call of a vehicle that was broken into in Upper Manhattan when they spotted a stolen car that was driving recklessly, cops said.
“Officers from the 30 pct were responding to a 911 call of a vehicle being broken into,” Chief John Chell said at an early morning press conference. “En route, they engaged another car that was driving recklessly. Members of the 30th Precinct ran the plate and the car was stolen.”
Cops chased the vehicle into the Bronx, where it stopped near 161st Street and Summit Avenue, Chell said. Two people were inside and one was arrested quickly while the other made a run for it across the 161st footbridge, cops said.
The 39-year-old suspect – who wasn’t identified – twice exchanged gunfire with officers as he tried to flee, cops said.
“At this point members of the 30th Precinct engage this person in an exchange of gunfire,” Chell said. “At this exchange of gunfire, this individual runs into the marsh area right here next to the major Deegan and a second gunfire exchange occurs.”
There was about a 10-minute lapse between the gunfire, he said. The suspect was shot during the second exchange.
“And immediately after being shot, our officers picked up this male physically, brought him up to the side of the highway, to render lifesaving aid,” Chell said.
He was taken to Lincoln Hospital and his condition wasn’t known several hours later, cops said. Cops didn’t immediately release his name.
Chell said the suspect had been known to the police department, but didn’t share further details. Two handguns were recovered believed to have been in the suspect’s possession.
“Our officers were not harmed,” Chell said. “They performed admirably tonight. Great job by our NYPD officers tonight.”