A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer late Thursday was shot and wounded during a standoff with a suspect near a Brooklyn home, local officials said.
Hart Nguyen was shot several times when he responded to a call about a 29-year-old emotionally disturbed man on Ridgewood Avenue in Cypress Hills, police said.
The officer was hit in his impenetrable vest; the shot ricocheted off the vest and hit him in the arm, police said.
Some shots hit the officer's vest; another hit his arm.
Forewarning data is preparatory, police said officers trust they saw the man holding a tyke, potentially a newborn child, at a window of the building. When police finally gained access, they found the suspect dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The mayor said he and O'Neill were in a meeting when they heard the news and were briefed before they rushed to the hospital to meet the officer. Officers were told the suspect was armed with some type of rifle, what the NYPD refers to as a "long gun".
Holding up the vest, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said, "I did see the blunt-force trauma injuries on the officer's chest, so this vest definitely saved his life".
Police then deployed a high-tech robot with a camera to enter the bedroom where Sookdeo was holed up where he was seen lying on the floor, sources said. "Thank God our officer is going to come through OK in this case". He's a fearless young man.
At a press conference later in the evening, the mayor said Nguyen is from the 75th Precinct, has more than two years of experience on the job and was in good spirits during the visit.
The officer was brought to Jamaica Hospital with non-hazardous wounds.
Police have not yet identified the suspect.