Manhunt underway for two suspects who tried to rob off-duty cop in Tremont

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TREMONT, the Bronx — An off-duty cop shot one of three men who tried to rob him in the Bronx.

The group walked up to an off duty NYPD officer near 179th Street and Creston Avenue about 4:05 a.m. Monday, and threatened him with a knife, according to police.

When the suspected muggers began searching his clothing they found his NYPD shield and one of the suspects yelled in Spanish to another who was allegedly armed with a pistol, "Shoot him, shoot him!" police say.

The NYPD sergeant drew his off-duty firearm and shot, hitting one of the suspects in the torso.  The other two took off running – police say one was armed with  a handgun and wearing a red jacket, the other, armed with a knife, was wearing a black jacket.  Both are described as Hispanic males in their twenties.

The 18-year-old wounded suspect was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital where he is in stable condition.

Two knives were recovered at the scene, according to police.

An investigation is ongoing.