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Off-duty NYPD officer shoots at would-be robber

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The man allegedly tried to rob an off duty police officer. (NYPD)

The man allegedly tried to rob an off duty police officer. (NYPD)

CROTONA PARK, Bronx — An off duty NYPD cop shot at a would-be robber Wednesday evening, police said.

The 53-year-old officer was walking on Clinton Avenue near East 175th Street about 6:50 p.m., when the culprit reached from behind for the gold chains around the cop’s neck  and tried to remove them, police said.

The cop fired off one round, but it was unclear if it struck the robber. He fled in an unknown direction and remains at large, police said.

The officer was taken to an area hospital for a cut to the neck and a minor injury to his hand.

Police are asking for help in identifying the culprit. He is described as a 6′ tall man in his twenties with black hair and brown eyes. The man was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, jeans and black sneakers.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to call 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).