PARKCHESTER, the Bronx — An NYPD sergeant was shot and killed and another was wounded while pursuing a burglary suspect in the Bronx Friday, officials confirmed during a press conference. The wounded sergeant was released from the hospital Saturday morning.
Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, 41, a 19-year veteran of the force, and father of two, died after he was shot in the head at point blank range as he approached the suspect, officials say.
Another sergeant, Emmanuel Kwo, a 9-year veteran of the force, was shot multiple times in the legs. He was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center Friday and released Saturday morning. He was treated for his leg wounds.
A memorial will be held in Tuozzolo's honor Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Huntington Village, where Tuozzolo was from. Flags in the area will be flying at half staff and stores will display blue ribbons and lights in solidarity. The ceremony will be held on New York Avenue outside the Paramont Theatre .
Officers responded to a 911 call of a home invasion in progress around 2:45 p.m. on the fifth floor of 1460 Beach Ave., in the Parkchester section of the Bronx.
The caller said her estranged husband, later identified as 35-year-old Manuel Rosales, had forced his way into the apartment with a gun, officials confirmed.
As patrol cars were responding, the suspect fled the area in a red jeep to Bronx River Avenue, in the Van Nest section of the Bronx.
Minutes later, the suspect's vehicle was observed by officers at Noble Court and Bronx River Avenue, just a half mile from the scene.
As officers approached the vehicle parked on Bronx River Avenue, the suspect fired at the officers with a 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Tuozzolo was struck in the head at point blank range, officials say.
Police returned fire, striking the suspect.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials say Rosales has 17 prior arrests in Suffolk County, some related to domestic disputes. He had served time in state prison for possession of stolen property.
During the gun battle, the two sergeants were shot. They were both rushed to Jacobi Medical Center where Tuozzolo later died from his injuries.
Kwo remains in the hospital in stable condition.
Gov. Cuomo released the following statement:
“Every day, the brave men and women of law enforcement selflessly serve our communities to keep the rest of us safe. Today, a sergeant in the New York City Police Department has made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, and another officer is undergoing treatment.
“My deepest sympathies are with the families of the officers involved in today’s tragedy in the Bronx, and with Commissioner O’Neill and the NYPD as they cope with the loss of one of their own.”