Bronx, NY – A Lieutenant with the NYPD was shot and wounded during a struggle with a suspect in the Bronx.
The shooting happened just before midnight on Friday night at Lyman Place and East 169th Street.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said a group of four officers confronted the armed suspect after a foot pursuit.
A struggle began and the suspect’s weapon fired once. The lieutenant was struck in the ankle.
The NYPD released bodycam footage of the shooting.
Last night, officers from the @NYPD42Pct were on patrol when they spotted an individual with a firearm. A fierce struggle for the gun ensued, leading to a lieutenant being shot in the ankle. The officers did not return fire as they made the arrest & recovered the loaded gun. pic.twitter.com/lkylEBieLn
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 31, 2021
“Stop reaching for it! Stop reaching for it, dude!” an officer is heard yelling at the suspect just prior to the gunshot.
The wounded lieutenant was transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and was later released. He is expected to make a full recovery. The unidentified lieutenant is a 23-year-veteran of the NYPD.
The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Jerome Roman, was arrested after the struggle. He will be charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest, authorities said.
Other officers were treated for minor cuts and bruises. The suspect’s 9mm handgun was found at the scene. Police say it jammed after firing one time.
Roman has been arrested at least 25 times, including eight felonies and 17 misdemeanors, with a criminal history that includes charges for menacing, gang assault, and other offenses — along with a sealed, “gang-related” murder bust from December 2014, according to records and sources, the NY Post reported.
This piece was written by Ray Dietrich on August 1, 2021. It originally appeared in ThinBlueLineTV.com and is used by permission.
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