Bystander struck in Bronx police shootout to speak out

NEW YORK — A Bronx woman wounded in a police shootout this month is speaking out about her harrowing experience.

Irene Ureña Perez

Irene Ureña Perez plans to address reporters Wednesday,three weeks after a police officer’s stray bullet struck her in the belly.

Attorney Sanford Rubenstein said the gunbattle was “reckless” and caused “unreasonable” danger to Perez and other bystanders. He told The Associated Press the officer fired 27 shots pursuing a fleeing suspect.

The New York Police Department did not immediately respond to an email requesting a comment.

The shooting happened Dec. 5 on a crowded street in the University Heights neighborhood. The New York Times reported a 12-year-old girl also was wounded when a bullet tore into her leg.

The officer had been chasing an armed robbery suspect who opened fire on police.

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