NEW YORK — Three people have been taken into custody Tuesday after two New York City plainclothes police officers were shot and wounded responding to a robbery Monday night, according to the NYPD.
The shootings sparked a massive manhunt in the city.
A New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed to CBS News that three are in custody. One of the suspects was seen on a surveillance video from the crime scene in the Bronx, police told the Associated Press.
There are currently no charges.
The shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. Monday near East 184th Street in the Tremont section of the Bronx.The officers were coming off their shift when they and three other plainclothes officers responded to a report of a grocery store robbery.
Police Commissioner William Bratton said the officers, part of an anti-crime unit, were in a car when they spotted two possible suspects in the robbery – one outside a Chinese restaurant and another inside it.
He said when the officers got out, the suspect in the restaurant opened fire, forcing the officers to shoot back. The two suspects fled and then carjacked a white Camaro, which was later found abandoned. A revolver was recovered nearby.
Both officers are listed in stable condition Tuesday.
Police say one of the suspects may have been wounded in the gunfire. They were trying to determine whether a man who later walked into a hospital with a gunshot wound to his back was connected to the incident.
The organization COP SHOT, Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot, has offered a $10,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.
The two officers shot are 30-year-old Officer Andrew Dossi, a Rockland County Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, and 38-year-old Officer Aliro Pellerano,reports CBS New York. Dossi was shot in his left arm and lower back, and Pellerano was hit in his left arm and chest.Mayor Bill de Blasio said the officers went “above and beyond the call to protect their fellow New Yorkers.”
The shooting came about two weeks after two officers were fatally shot while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn.
On Dec. 20, Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down in their patrol car by a man who vowed online to kill “pigs.” The man opened fire, then ran into a subway where he shot himself to death.
Ramos was buried Dec. 27; Liu was buried Sunday. Tens of thousands of officers from around the country attended the funerals. Many turned their backs as de Blasio spoke because some say he is anti-police.
De Blasio went to St. Barnabas Hospital late Monday night to visit the wounded officers, identified by the Post as 30-year-old Andrew Dossi and 38-year-old Aliro Pellarano.
Dossi’s father, Joseph, told the Post that his son “wasn’t too happy about the mayor’s visit.”