25-year-old NYPD Police Officer was shot in the leg in a gunfire exchange in a large street fight in Bronx. The incident took place on Saturday, which was also the day of the fourth anniversary together with his department.
The street fight took place early on Saturday morning around 2 a.m in an illegal nightclub called The Sanctuary. The club is located in the Mott Haven neighborhood, at2505 3rd Avenue. Officer Sherrod Stuart together with some of his colleagues came to the scene to break up a fight that had started at the club. The Officer was nearby the place. He works at 40th Precinct, as part of an anti-crime unit.
The fight had broken out in the middle of an intersection. When the police arrived the people involved in the fight turned on the cops and that is how the gunfire started. The fight was said to be an unlicensed party where between 100 and 200 people were in attendance. A person who worked at the party claimed that it was in fact legal, but when the fight started things got out of control. The man, who refused to disclose his name, said that a group of people came from across the street and wanted to get into the party. They could not get in and the situation took a wrong turn.
The officer was shot in the ankle by a 19-year old suspect who is in custody now. The suspect also has a criminal history. He was arrested for resisting arrest and for allegedly assaulting a police officer in 2015. In 2014 he resisted arrest and obstructed justice and in 2012 he was charged with assault. Other five people were stabbed during the fight and after the incident the police found weapons on the ground such as knives, bats and four guns. It seems that there were a large number of 911 calls which reported the fight.
When the police arrived at the scene Stuart together with his partner started chasing the suspect. 19-year-old Christopher Rice opened fire and shot Stuart in the ankle. However the officer managed to return fire and hit Rice four times. The suspect who was in a serious condition was rapidly taken to the Lincoln Hospital.
Stuart’s situation is stable and he is expected to make a full recovery. Two other officers were also hurt, but their injuries were minor, they were not hit by bullets. The other five people who were hurt in the fight were treated for stab wounds and the hospital.
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