Police in New York City are searching for a man who they say robbed a towing company last week.
The officer - later identified as 30-year-old Hart Nguyen - was shot shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the home on Ridgewood Avenue, near Essex Street, while responding to a call about a 29-year-old emotionally disturbed man, according to police.
When the officer approached the back of the home with EMS, police said the suspect fired three times, striking him in the arm once and twice in the bullet proof vest. Police said it appeared to a rifle of some sort had been used to shoot the officer.
After the initial standoff, the supect's mother was rescued from the house, while the suspect barricaded himself in the building for hours, according to the police. When police later stormed he apartment, he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mayor de Blasio and other officials visited with him at the hospital Thursday.
O'Neill said the gunman's mother first called 911.
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.
"What could have been just another day, just another call turned into something much worse", the mayor said. "This young man was definitely saved by his vest".
De Blasio said the wounded cop had a "great attitude" as he lay in his hospital bed and even made light of his situation.
The officer was transported to Jamaica Hospital.
Nguyen of the 75th Precinct has been on the force for just over two years.