THE BRONX — NYPD officers and a suspect exchanged gunfire in the Bronx on Wednesday night, police said.
The NYPD asked people to avoid the area around East 174th Street and Hoe Avenue as they investigated just a few blocks from Crotona Park after the shooting, which happened around 6:20 p.m.
Police responded to a call of a robbery at a Boost Mobile store. When officers arrived, they encountered the suspect, who was armed, cops said.
When police ordered him to drop the gun, the suspect began to fire at them, according to authorities.
Officers returned fire, but no one was believed to be struck.
The suspect tossed the gun and fled. No arrests had been made.
Two police officers were taken to the hospital for tinnitus.
A trail of blood was found near the incident location, but it is unclear if it was connected to the shooting, police sources said.
One week ago, an NYPD officer was shot in Brooklyn.
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