A New York City police officer was shot early Saturday morning after after exchanging gunfire with a suspect involved in a large fight, authorities said.
Officer Sherrod Stuart, 25, was shot in the right ankle on the day of his fourth anniversary with the department, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said.
The shooting suspect, identified as Christopher Rice, 19, was wounded in the fight.
NYPD Officer Sherrod Stuart, 25, was shot in the right ankle on Saturday morning as he tried to break up a brawl in the Bronx
Stuart and other officers arrived on scene to to break up a fight in the Bronx at about 2am on Saturday. Stuart is part of an anti-crime unit at the nearby 40th Precinct
When they arrived on scene, however, the people fighting turned on the cops and gunfire erupted, witnesses said
The 19-year-old suspect has a criminal history and is in custody, according to WABC. Three hours prior to the shooting, he had been released following fare beating charges Bratton, said.
Bratton said officers were responding to a fight following a large party in the Bronx around 2am. The fight was described as an unlicensed party with 100 to 200 people in attendance.
When they arrived on scene to break up the brawl, which broke out in the middle of an intersection, the two groups both turned on the officers, and gunfire erupted, the New York Daily News Reported.
Aside from Stuart, two officers suffered minor injuries, but were not hit by bullets, according to the New York Post. Five people were hospitalized with stab wounds.
Stuart is expected to make a full recovery following the shooting. Two other officers suffered minor injuries, but were not hit with bullets. The incident occurred on Stuart’s fourth anniversary with the department. His father, pictured with him right, is a detective with the NYPD
The police arrived on scene to break up a fight that erupted after an unlicensed party of about 100 to 200 people at a loft above a Chase Bank (pictured)
Five people were stabbed during the brawl, and weapons were found on the ground by police after the incident
At least 17 ballistic markers were placed at the crime scene by investigators following Saturday’s massive brawl
The shooting comes a day after a Philadelphia police officer was ambushed by a suspect and shot three times.
Officials said Stuart’s injuries are not life-threatening. Stuart is part of an anti-crime unit at the nearby 40th Precinct. His father is a detective with the NYPD.
At least 17 ballistic markers were placed at the crime scene by investigators following the incident.
‘There was arguing and then there was screaming,’ a resident who didn’t give his name told the Daily News. ‘A cop came by and then there were shots.’
A security guard at K-Lounge Restaurant told the Daily News that he saw people running back and forth.
‘Then I heard about 15 shots,’ he said. ‘The ambulance came out and put two people inside. They looked young.’
The suspect who shot Stuart (pictured above with an unidentified woman) was identified as 19-year-old Christopher Rice (not pictured)