- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) - Two people were shot Friday night after a man pulled a gun on an undercover police officer during a probe into the sale of illegal firearms, authorities said.

The New York Police Department said a man who police had been targeting as part of the undercover probe contacted an officer on Friday and said he had guns for sale.

The undercover officer arranged to meet the man in the Bronx before the man entered the officer’s car and then told him to drive to a residential neighborhood in Mount Vernon, police said.

When they arrived there around 4 p.m., police say, another man hopped in the back seat, pointed a gun at the officer’s head and demanded money. Police say the undercover officer handed cash to the second man before signaling for backup and confronting him in the street.

The second man then pointed the gun at the officer, who fired at him, striking him three times in the torso, according to investigators.

When officers arrested him, they found a replica of a large-caliber gun and the officer’s money, police said in a news release.

A man who was standing behind the gunman also was shot in the torso, police said. He was taken to a hospital and was listed in serious condition.

Police said the man who first contacted the officer ran from the scene and was being sought. Police didn’t release the identities of the men.

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