- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 4, 2016

The rash of attacks on New York police continued Thursday night, with a gunfight in the South Bronx that ended with a suspect dead and one of the two wounded officers seriously hurt.

The two officers were shot around 8 p.m. in a drug-related investigation in the Melrose Houses on East 156th Street, the Daily News reported.

Sources told the New York Daily News that a female officer was hit in the torso and needed surgery but was expected to survive. A male officer was grazed in the face and he also is not believed to be in mortal danger.

Neither officer fired back.

According to the Daily News, the gunman quickly retreated into a nearby seventh-floor apartment and killed himself, telling witnesses “I just shot a policewoman; I ain’t going back to jail.”

Two other suspects in the raid, a so-called “vertical patrol,” are in custody.

No names were immediately released.

The incident took place just a few miles from where Bill de Blasio, who has had a difficult relationship with “New York’s finest,” was giving his State of the City speech at Lehman College.

He finished his speech, was told of the attack and headed for Lincoln Hospital, where the wounded officers were being treated.

“Obviously we’re very troubled and concerned,” mayoral spokeswoman Karen Hinton told the Daily News.



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