THE BRONX — A 19-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly shot a plainclothes NYPD officer responding to a street brawl in the South Bronx, police said Monday.
Christopher Rice, of the Bronx, faces charges of assault on a police officer, menacing, and criminal possession, according to NYPD.
He allegedly shot at Officer Sherrod Stuart about 2:10 a.m. Saturday, striking the 25-year-old officer in the foot on his four-year anniversary with the NYPD.
It was early Saturday when Stuart and a partner, both in plainclothes, arrived at a home in the 2500 block of Third Avenue in the South Bronx after numerous 911 calls were made reporting a large fight in the street involving guns, bats and knives, police said.
When the officers arrived, they “encountered a male” and ran after him, NYPD said. As backup units pulled up, gunfire broke out. Stuart was struck in the foot then returned fire, hitting Rice four times, NYPD said.
Investigators found a .380 semi-automatic firearm and three other guns at the scene, police said. Five people were taken to hospitals with stab wounds they suffered during the brawl, police said.
Stuart was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was taken to a hospital and listed in serious condition, police said.
Police said about three hours before he allegedly shot the officer, Rice had been released from police custody on suspicion of fare beating. Officials added that he has been arrested at least five times.