Remarks as prepared for Chief of Patrol Fausto B. Pichardo:
Good Morning, I am NYPD Chief of Patrol, Fausto Pichardo. Joining me here is Deputy Chief Kenneth Lehr, from Patrol Borough Bronx, Deputy Chief Timothy McCormack, Commanding Officer of Detective Borough Bronx and Deputy Inspector Louis DeCeglie, the Commanding Officer of the 44th Precinct.
The information I am about to provide you is preliminary and subject to change, as we are in the early stages of our investigation.
Earlier this morning, at 12:38 a.m., uniformed officers assigned to the 44th Precinct responded to a 911 call for a person armed with a firearm. The 911 caller stated that while walking along E. 167th Street and Grant Avenue, they were approached by a male who pointed a firearm at them.
Officers responded to the location and observed a male matching the description provided by the 911 caller in the vicinity of East 167th Street, between Findlay Avenue and Clay Avenue. The officers approached the male who was holding a weapon in his hand. The officers ordered the suspect to show them his hands, when he pointed the weapon towards the officers. Two uniformed officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect in the torso. The officers immediately rendered aid to the suspect and requested an ambulance to the scene.
EMS responded and transported the suspect to an area hospital, where he is listed in critical condition. The responding officers were also transported to an area hospital for evaluation.
An imitation firearm was recovered at the scene. This incident was captured on the officer’s body worn cameras and the investigation is ongoing by the NYPD’s Force Investigation Division.
The investigation remains ongoing.
All charges are merely accusations and all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD‘s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1–800–577–TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1–888–57–PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers‘ website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
All tips will be kept strictly confidential.