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Two New York Police Officers Shot, Rushed to Hospital

The shooting during a call out in the Bronx comes amid simmering tensions in the city following the shooting of two officers in Brooklyn last month.
January 6, 2015, 5:20am
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Two police officers were shot late on Monday in the Fordham section of the Bronx while responding to a call, according to the NYPD.

Law enforcement sources said the shooting took place at 10:30pm on East 184th Street and Tiebout Avenue, near the campus of Fordham University.

Police released this footage, described as "a video of the suspect who fired upon the officers on Tiebout Avenue."

WABC News reported that the two officers were attempting to pull over a vehicle when the car crashed. One individual then exited the car and opened fire on both cops. One officer was shot in the arm, the other in the back. They were identified by the NYPD as Officer Andrew Dossi and Officer Aliro Pellerano. Each was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital and are expected to recover. WABC News also reported a revolver was recovered at the scene.

Preliminary investigations indicated the officers that were fired upon were plain clothed police attending to the scene of a burglary, a police source told NBC New York.

Deputy Chief Kim Royster of the NYPD told the Associated Press that police do not believe the officers had been targeted. Police were said to be hunting at least two suspects in relation to the incident.

As of 11.30pm, police said they were still searching for the suspect. It is unclear what call the officers were responding to, though some reports said it was to an armed robbery.

Soon after the shooting, wanted posters appeared in the neighbourhood offering a cash reward for information leading to the suspect. The reward is offered as part of an NYPD program to encourage information relating to shootings of police officers.

Wanted posters offering 10k for perp going up in the Bronx. — Nicolás Medina Mora (@MedinaMora)January 6, 2015

A "massive" police presence was reportedly in the area shortly after the shooting.

2 — Mitchell Parsons (@ParsonsImages)January 6, 2015

The incident came amid still-simmering tensions between City Hall and the city's police unions after the deaths of two officers in December.

Hundreds of cops turn their backs on New York Mayor during slain officer's funeral. Read more here.

In the two weeks since officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were gunned down in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, NYPD officers have sharply reduced the number of arrests and summonses issued in the city. In a seven day period ending this Sunday, the NYPD gave out a mere 347 criminal summonses, compared to 4,077 in the same period a year ago.

Earlier Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio called the actions of officers who turned their back on the mayor at the funerals of both cops "disrespectful."

The mayor visited the two wounded officers at St. Barnabas Hospital overnight.

This is a breaking news story — please check back for updates.

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