A shootout on the mean streets of Manhattan leaves an NYPD detective and two US Marshalls wounded and an outgunned fugitive dead.
Two federal marshals and one New York City police detective were shot on Monday in Greenwich Village when they went to arrest a man accused of molesting a child in California, the authorities said.
The suspect, whom the authorities identified as Charles Mozdir, was shot and killed in a gun battle that erupted in a smoke shop in the normally placid neighborhood in Manhattan.
Mr. Bratton said the three law enforcement officers were rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where one was in surgery and the others were being treated for their injuries.
The detective was shot twice in the torso, one marshal was shot in the buttocks and the other was shot in the shoulder, said Stephen Davis, a spokesman for the New York Police Department.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who joined Mr. Bratton at a previously scheduled news conference, said that initial reports indicated that the wounds were not life-threatening.
I am not sure how the one marhsall got shot in the buttocks while facing his assailant, but I expect he will have many opportunities to explain this to his colleagues.
The NYPD detective was shot in the chest, where his vest protected him, and in his stomach:
Dong Hwan, who works at Moon Sheen Tattoo, said he saw a flurry of police activity outside his shop.
“One guy was holding his belly,” he said, noting that the man appeared to be shot. Mr. Hwan said that the man emerged from a building, surrounded by police, one of whom with his hands on the man’s stomach.
The fugitive was firing a .32, per the dead-tree Times I read this morning. Here is the WSJ:
As authorities entered the small shop, the suspect pulled out a .32 caliber revolver and fired at the detective and three marshals, New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton said.
"Immediately upon entering, a gunbattle ensued," Mr. Bratton said, after visiting the officers at Bellevue Hospital.
The officers returned fire, killing Mr. Mozdir, officials said. The detective and the two marshals who were shot were listed in stable condition Monday night.
One of the marshals suffered a graze wound to elbow, the second suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks, and the detective was struck in the abdomen, officials said. The detective, identified by police as 45-year-old Mario Muniz, is a 20-year member of the force.
Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives' Endowment Association, the union that represents the detective, said one bullet entered an opening to the right of his bulletproof vest, striking his body.
Another bullet was stopped by the vest, police said. "Obviously the vest saved the officer," Mr. Bratton said.