- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - A man could face 50 years to life in prison for wounding a New York City police officer who was rescuing a woman and child.

Prosecutors said Tuesday Jose Bernazard will be sentenced May 3 for attempted murder, assault and other charges.

Bernazard climbed through his ex-girlfriend’s window in June 2013 and began attacking her and her 10-year-old son.

Officer Joseph Koch went to help the screaming mother and child. He was off duty but had his police shield clipped to his waistband.

Bernazard grabbed Koch’s gun and fired a round, striking the officer’s hand. Bernazard also was wounded in the struggle.

Prosecutors say Bernazard had stalked the woman for 18 months and assaulted her three other times. She had an order of protection.

His attorney declined to comment.


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