CYPRESS HILLS, Brooklyn — The NYPD officer who was shot in the line of duty Thursday in Brooklyn was released from the hospital late Friday afternoon to cheers and applause from his fellow officers.
More than a hundred police officers gathered at Jamaica Hospital to cheer as a beaming Officer Hart Nguyen was released, his partner in a white shirt by his side as was his wife, mother and father.
"He's a brave kid who was doing the job he is paid to do," James O'Neill, NYC Police Commissioner, told PIX11. "We are real proud of him, his partner and the men and women of the 75 precinct," O'Neill added.
The shooting happened late Thursday afternoon when a woman called 911 to report her son, Andy Sookdeo, was acting erratically but was not violent and did not have a weapon.
She was wrong on both counts after police say her son shot Nguyen in his arm and twice in the chest, saved by his bulletproof vest.
Nguyen and his partner responded to the home on Ridgewood Avenue in Cypress Hills where they came in contact with the 29-year-old suspect who fired at Nguyen as he approached. Nguyen did not return fire.
The gunman then barricaded himself in his bedroom and was later found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Several firearms were found near the gunman's body.
Nguyen worked out of the 75th Precinct with two years on the force.
Law enforcement experts like John Jay professor and retired NYPD sergeant joseph Giacalone says the shooting underscores why police officers must wear their bulletproof vests at all times.
"New York City has done a great job in the last 25 years in terms of updating bulletproof vests," Giacalone told PIX11. "And we're seeing it also with the bullet resistant glass in police cars too."
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.