- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on two NYPD officers shot and wounded while patrolling stairwell of a public housing project (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

One of the officers shot while patrolling a New York public housing complex has been released from the hospital.

Officer Patrick Espeut was struck in the cheek. He left the hospital Friday afternoon to cheers from fellow officers.

Police say three officers encountered two people in a stairwell Thursday night when one of them pulled a gun and opened fire. Espeut and another officer, Diara Cruz, were struck. Police say the shooter fled into an apartment where officers found him dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities say 23-year-old Malik Chavis had at least 16 prior arrests and told witnesses he didn’t want to go back to jail.

Cruz remains hospitalized with a torso wound.

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12:21

One of the officers shot while patrolling a New York public housing complex will be released from the hospital.

Officer Patrick Espeut was struck in the cheek. Authorities say he will be go home Friday afternoon.

Police say three officers encountered two people in a stairwell Thursday night when one of them pulled a gun and opened fire. Two officers were struck. Police say the shooter fled into an apartment where officers found him dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities say 23-year-old Malik Chavis had at least 16 prior arrests and told witnesses he didn’t want to go back to jail.

The other injured officer, Diara Cruz, remains hospitalized with a torso wound.

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9 a.m.

Authorities have confirmed the identities of the two police officers shot and wounded while patrolling a New York housing project as Officers Patrick Espeut, 29, and Diara Cruz, 24.

The officers are listed in stable condition Friday. Espeut was hit in the cheek. Cruz was shot in the abdomen.

Police say the officers encountered two people in a stairwell Thursday night when one of them pulled a gun and opened fire. Both officers were struck. Police say the shooter fled into an apartment where officers found him dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officials have confirmed he has been identified as 23-year-old Malik Chavis.

A second person who encountered the officers in the stairwell was taken into custody,

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