HIGHBRIDGE, the Bronx — A man was seriously injured when he was shot twice by a police officer in the Bronx on Sunday night, officials confirmed.
The victim, who is believed to be in his 50s, was shot in the chest and hip after he was wrestled to the ground by NYPD officers from the 44th Precinct at West 166th Street and Summit Avenue around 7 p.m.
Eyewitness Patrice Turner told PIX11 the man who was shot had his arm in a car and told police it was his vehicle.
But NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said the keys the man had were not for the white BMW and that the car’s right, rear window had been broken.
A struggle ensued when the officers tried to arrest the man.
“I have a gun,” the man can be heard saying on body camera video, according to Monahan. “Die.”
One of the officers said he felt a gun pressed to his chest.
“Out of nowhere, it was shots fired,” Turner said.
The officer shot twice, hitting the man in the torso and hip.
“I thought he was going to shoot me,” the officer can be heard saying to other cops on body camera video, according to Monahan.
The victim, who police say was armed with a semiautomatic 9mm gun, was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in serious condition. He was still in surgery several hours after the shooting.
The two police officers involved were also treated for ringing to the ears. They have not yet been interviewed by officials.
“This incident, once again, demonstrated the dangers of police work and how quickly incidents can escalate,” Monahan said.
Identifying information is not yet available for the injured man.
The NYPD asked people to avoid the area because of the ongoing police investigation. People were told to expect emergency vehicles and traffic in the area.