MANHATTAN — An NYPD officer was hit by a vehicle that cops were following after a shooting in Manhattan on Thursday night, police said.
The officer was hit at the FDR drive and 15th Street after cops approached the vehicle.
The car - a black BMW - may have been located abandoned on the ramp for the the FDR Drive at Houston Street, police said. It matches the description and officers are at that location now.
Officials say plain-clothes officers first attempted to stop the car at East 96th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan shortly before 9 p.m. The suspects fled, striking one of the officers with the car's sideview mirror, while driving away. Several shots were fired by police officers during the interaction.
Police say the driver abandoned the car near Houston Street and fled on foot. No arrests have been made.
The injured officer was taken to Bellevue Hospital with injuries that are not considered to be life threatening.
The FDR Highway south of 23rd Street in Manhattan was temporarily closed for several hours as police investigated, but reopened Friday morning.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management warned that people should expect traffic delays and road closures on the FDR Drive at East 15th Street because of the police activity and heavy presence of emergency personnel. Drivers should consider alternate routes and allow for additional travel time.
Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).