Newsman: A NYPD officer was shot in Queens Wednesday afternoon after responding to an altercation on a bus. Police are searching for the suspect who fled the scene after firing a single shot at the officer.
The 22-year-old rookie officer was shot in the hip and was in surgery at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell held a joint presser at the hospital.
“This officer a 22-year-old took who this job to protect our city began his assignment at the 103 precinct which covers Jamaica 3 months ago today,” Sewell said. “He was where our communities tell us they want our officers to be.”
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It happened around 3:30 p.m., when an MTA bus driver on Jamaica Avenue flagged down two officers and told them a man was arguing with another passenger over a seat.
When police officers approached the bus, the man attempted to exit the bus and a struggle started. The man shoved the officers out of the way and fled down 161st Street.
The rookie officer was able to catch up to the suspect who turned and fired a single shot striking the officer in the hip, according to Chief of Detectives James Essig.
The officer’s partner then fired two shots back at the suspect who continued to flee into a nearby parking garage.
The injured officer, assigned to the 103th Precinct, was rushed to Jamaica Medical Center by his partner in their cruiser.
Investigators recovered a black bubble jacket, orange sweatshirt and black mask that the suspect was wearing at the time.
Surveillance video shows the suspect exiting the parking garage wearing a white T-shirt and black pants.
The suspect remains at large. Police have offered a $10,000 reward for his capture.
He was last seen at 161st Street and Hillside Avenue.