NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) — Two New York City Police Department officers were shot while on duty late Thursday in the Bronx, authorities confirmed.
The NYPD said both officers are in good condition after a male officer was shot in the face and a female officer was shot in the stomach. The suspect is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The two officers, who were not identified, were on a patrol with a third officer at the Melrose Jackson Houses, a South Bronx housing complex when they came upon two men in the seventh story stairwell, First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker told reporters.
One of the men fired at the officers and fled the scene, where he apparently killed himself at the home of an acquaintance. The other suspect is in custody.
The gunfire reportedly started around 8 p.m. local time.
The shooting occurred just a few miles away from Lehman College, where Mayor Bill de Blasio was delivering his State of the City Address Thursday, the New York Daily News reported.
The Daily News also reported that the suspected gunman was shot during the gunfight and is in critical condition.
The extent of the injuries received by the officers was not initially known.