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Teen critically hurt after falling six stories off Bronx building: NYPD

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KINGSBRIDGE, N.Y. (PIX11) -- Police are investigating Friday how a 17-year-old who is in critical condition fell down six stories from the roof of a Bronx building.

The incident happened about 8 p.m. Thursday on Valentine Avenue at E. 194 Street (map).  Police say four uniformed officers were approached by a 40-year-old man who told them there was a group of teenagers smoking marijuana in the lobby of 2685 Valentine Ave.

Officers found "a male with his arms stretched across the entrance of the building attempting to prevent them from entering the location and giving the group an opportunity to flee," according to a public information statement.

Two of the officers stayed in the lobby with three people who didn't run, while the other two chased a pair of teens up a staircase on the south side of the building and onto the roof, ordering the teens to stop.

One of the boys, 17, climbed over a short wall in an apparent escape attempt when one of the officers "attempted to offer . . . . support, but started to lose his footing," police said.  The teen was unable to hold onto the wall and fell six stories to the ground.

The officers called EMS and all four ran to the alley, where they performed chest compressions on the critically-injured 17-year-old, according to police.  The second boy, 14, who also ran to the roof, left during the commotion but later told canvassing officers who he was.

The injured boy was taken to St. Barnabas hospital in critical condition.

No arrests have been made and an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation is underway.