- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

One of the New York City police officers shot Monday night by suspected robbers in the Bronx “wasn’t too happy” about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s visit to him in the hospital, according to his father.

Plainclothes Officers Andrew Dossi, 30, and Aliro Pellarano, 38, reportedly exchanged gunfire with two suspects at 184th Street and Tiebout Avenue Monday night. Officer Pellarano was struck in the left arm and grazed in the chest, and Officer Dossi was shot in the left arm and lower back, the New York Post reported.

The mayor accompanied NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to St. Barnabas Hospital overnight to visit the wounded officers.

“[Officer Dossi] wasn’t too happy about the mayor’s visit,” his father, Joe, told The Post at the family’s home in Rockland County.

“[Officer Dossi] deals with some crappy people every day and getting no support [from the mayor], come on,” he reportedly said. “These are the guys in the trenches dealing with anything and everything.”

The elder Dossi said Commissioner Bratton came to visit his son three separate times. Mr. de Blasio came into the hospital room during Commissioner Bratton’s second visit.

“The mayor came in last night. And I told him these guys are laying their lives on the line,” the elder Dossi told The Post.

Bratton seemed like a real legitimate guy,” he added. “The mayor seemed passive, like he was just listening to what Bratton was saying and what I was saying.”

Plans for Officer Dossi, an Army Airborne, to travel to Africa in a few weeks have been postponed, The Post reported.

“The doctor just told me the bullet in his back just missed his spine. He was shot in the left arm and the arm just doesn’t look good,” his father told the paper. “The doctors expect a full recovery. But that arm. I just hope that doesn’t affect his career. He’s Army Airborne. He can’t jump out of airplanes with a messed-up arm.”

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