Two NYPD officers were gunned down Monday night in the latest incident of violence against city cops. Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellarano are in stable condition after taking bullets while attempting to thwart a robbery in the Bronx.
Here’s what we know about the two officers and the incident that left them wounded and hospitalized.
1. Both Cops Had Already Finished Their Shift When They Were Shot
The New York Post reports Dossi and Pellarano had finished their shift but returned to duty to respond, along with three other plainclothes officers of the 46th Precinct, to a robbery around 10:30 p.m. Fox News commentators highlighted the heroism, saying NYPD cops are “not turning their backs” on their job at a time when they’re under fire for literally turning their backs on Mayor Bill DeBlasio.
“They went above and beyond the call to protect their fellow New Yorkers,” de Blasio said in a statement at St. Barnabas Hospital, where the officers received treatment. Officer Dossi underwent surgery but is expected to fully recover.
The Daily News reports the officers first responded to Welcome 2 Yemen deli at 363 East 180th Street, then “followed the suspects to a Chinese restaurant at East 184 Street and Tiebout Avenue and held up their badges.”
One of the suspects opened fire, wounding the officers. Pellarano, 38, was shot in the chest and left arm, while Dossi, 30, was hit in the left arm and lower back, according to the NYPD’s official statement. Reports vary slightly on the exact location of the wounds. Witnesses report hearing between four and six gunshots.
2. One Suspect Was Caught on Video
The suspects exchanged fire with additional cops as they fled, then carjacked a Camaro, which was found crashed and abandoned nearby. Cops also recovered a pistol.
A manhunt is under way. Cops released the video above, which shows the face of one of the suspects. The suspects are described as Hispanic men, 25-30, dressed in dark clothing. One has a beard, and one may be wounded.
From the NYPD statement:
Near the corner of East 184th Street, the officers observed two possible suspects. As they approached them, one of the suspects entered a Chinese Restaurant on Tiebout Avenue while the other suspect remained outside on the street. As two of the officers approached the male on the street, the other suspect inside of the store came out and fired upon the officers. The officers returned fire, and during the exchange, two anti-crime officers were wounded. The two suspects then fled on foot one block east to Marion Avenue, where they carjacked a white Camaro. That vehicle was subsequently found abandoned near east 188th Street and Park Avenue. A black revolver was also recovered nearby.
3. One Suspect May Be Shot
In the shootout, cops may have struck one suspect, and AP reports cops are “trying to determine whether a man who later walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound to his back was connected to the incident.” But the Daily News reports “an initial suspect is not the shooter” and may be involved in a related incident.
From the NYPD’s official statement:
We are currently investigating if the suspect who fired upon the officers was also involved in the prior robbery. Shortly after the shooting incident investigators were notified of a male who entered Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in upper Manhattan with a gunshot wound to his back. Detectives are currently investigating any possible connection to this incident.
4. There’s a $12,000 Reward
COP SHOT — Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot — is offering $10,000 for information that leads to arrest and conviction in this case. CBS New York reports that the COP SHOT van arrived at the shooting scene and announced the reward through a loudspeaker. Reach the organization’s confidential hotline at (800) COP-SHOT. Crime Stoppers is offering $2,000, for a combined reward of $12,000.
5. The Shooting Comes One Day After the Funeral of Slain Officer Wenjian Liu
This latest incident of violence against NYPD cops comes just a day after the funeral of Wenjian Liu, one of two officers executed on December 20 by Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who claimed on Instagram he was avenging the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
At Liu’s funeral, as they did at the funeral of fellow slain officer Rafael Ramos, thousands of officers turned their backs on the mayor.