NYPD Cop Shot in Standoff Expected to Be Released From Hospital

Saul Bowman
August 12, 2017

Police in New York City are searching for a man who they say robbed a towing company last week.

It all began Thursday afternoon when the officer from the 75th precinct was responding to a call about an emotionally disturbed man on Ridgewood Avenue in Cypress Hills.

Forewarning data is preparatory, police said officers trust they saw the man holding a tyke, potentially a newborn child, at a window of the building. Police Commissioner James O'Neill said the officer has been on the force for just over two years. Mayor de Blasio and other officials visited with him at the hospital Thursday.

Police sources told the newspaper that the gunman appeared to be carrying a rifle, but the weapon has not been officially identified. The mayor and police commissioner showed off the vest during a news conference and credited it with saving the officer's life. The call was from a woman who said her 29-year-old mentally deranged son was in their residence in Brooklyn with her.

WABCOfficer Hart Nguyen smiles as he leaves the hospital Aug. 11 2017
WABCOfficer Hart Nguyen smiles as he leaves the hospital Aug. 11 2017

Police officers and emergency medical technicians soon headed to the suspect's apartment after the call. "Thank God our officer is going to come through OK in this case".

De Blasio said the wounded cop had a "great attitude" as he lay in his hospital bed and even made light of his situation. Police recovered two guns near the suspect's body. He's a fearless young man.

Nguyen has been with the department for two years.

The officer was transported to Jamaica Hospital.

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