NEW YORK — NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association created a GoFundMe for the family of Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, who was killed Friday in a Bronx shootout.
The money raised will be used for scholarship for Tuozzolo’s two children. The GoFundMe page, created Saturday, will benegit the NYPD Widows and Children’s Fund.
“Please keep Sgts. Tuozzolo and Kwo and their loved ones and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers during this extremely challenging and heartbreaking time,” The GoFundMe page read.
Hundreds of people have donated money less than 24 hours since the page was created, raising more than $36,000 as of Sunday evening. The SBA is hoping to raised $100,000 for the family.
Tuozzolo, 41, a 19-year veteran of the force, was killed when the suspect shot him in the head at point blank range. He and Sgt. Emmanuel Kwo, a 9-year veteran in the force, were responding to a 911 all of a home invasion in progress around 2:45 p.m. in the Parkchester section of the Bronx.
A woman had called saying her estranged husband, who was later identified as Manuel Rosales, 35, had forced his way into her apartment with a gun, officials said.
Tuozzolo and Kwo spotted Rosales fleeing the area in a red jeep. Rosales opened fire on the officers as they were approaching his car. Tuozzolo was struck in the head and Kwo was shot multiple times in the leg.
Rosales was also shot and pronounced dead at the scene.
Both officers were taken to the hospital, where Tuozzolo was pronounced dead. Kwo was treated for his injuries and released Saturday morning.