NEW YORK (PIX11) — A New York City police officer tending to a disturbed man was shot at Harlem Hospital early Monday morning, police said.
According to officials, NYPD officer Fausto Gomez, 40, was shot in the foot at the ambulance entrance at around 5:30 a.m. after he and his partner, officer John Chiodi, 42, were bringing in an emotionally-unstable person to be admitted.
The suspect, identified as 42-year-old Guyteau Idore, grabbed Chiodi’s gun and fired two shots, grazing Gomez’s foot, police said. He was then tackled by a Brendon Hernandez, a EMT respondent and was arrested at the scene.
Gomez, who patrols the 25th Precinct in East Harlem, received treatment and was released from the hospital.
The incident occurred after the two officers were responding to a call at 4:55 a.m. about a man throwing bottles by Lexington Avenue and 117th Street. Officers Gomez and Chiodi preceded to take Idore into custody and into an ambulance car.
Charges are still pending for Idore, who was transferred to Metropolitan Hospital Center for a psychiatric evaluation.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly paid Gomez a visit at the hospital and said he was in good condition and is expected to make a full recovery. Kelly also raved at Hernandez’s jump to action.
“He did an outstanding job,” Kelly said. “We understand that EMT Hernandez has aspirations of becoming a New York City Police Officer, and he certainly demonstrated that he has what it takes to do the job.
Idore has been charged with attempted murder, robbery and assault.