STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Multiple reports have confirmed that an officer with the NYPD was injured in a shootout that left one suspect dead on Tuesday morning.
PIX 11 News in New York reported that a female officer with the department had sustained a gunshot injury and had been taken to a nearby hospital. She is expected to survive.
The New York City department says that the shooting occurred in the Stapleton section of Staten Island just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) September 17, 2019
The 44-year-old officer, who has not yet been identified, became involved in a shootout with a male suspect. The details surrounding the shooting have not yet been made public, but a high-ranking police source said that the officer had been struck in the wrist or hand and was taken to Richmond University Medical Center in a patrol car.
“There was a prior crime. They were doing a canvas with the victim and they spotted the perp. They had a description,” a police source said.
She is expected to make a full recovery. The suspect was not so lucky. Emergency crews performed CPR on the man, who had sustained at least one gunshot wound, but he was pronounced dead at Staten Island University North Hospital.
UPDATE: Suspect dies after police-involved shooting on Staten Island. https://t.co/C8c5tgvNwj
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) September 17, 2019
Notify NYC broadcasted a message following the fatal shooting.
“Due to police activity, expect road closures and a heavy presence of emergency personnel in the area of Prince Street and Hardy Street in Staten Island. Please avoid the area and consider alternate routes.”
The New York Post said that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was on his way to the hospital to visit with the injured officer.
PIX 11 is providing live updates from their helicopter footage at the scene.
Police-involved shooting in Staten Island: AIR11 is over the scene where a police officer was shot. Authorities say her injuries appear to be non-life-threatening.
Posted by PIX 11 on Tuesday, September 17, 2019
The report of this shooting comes just hours after we learned of the tragic death of an Alabama officer.
Authorities say that an officer in Tuscaloosa was murdered in the line of duty on Monday night.
Officer Dornell Cousette was fatally shot in the head shortly before 6:30 p.m. Monday.
It happened at Short 17th Street and 33rd Avenue, said Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson. That location is in a neighborhood in the western part of the city.
The officer was rushed to DCH Regional Medical Center – despite the best efforts of doctors, they were unable to save him.
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Richardson said no other information was being released at this time.
Authorities said a suspect is in custody.
“Our thoughts and prayers tonight remain with this Tuscaloosa PD Officer who was yet another victim of violence against law enforcement while in the line and now fights for his life,” tweeted Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Jay Town. “We hold vigil for him, his family, and all of TPD.”
Maddox started the press conference defining what heroes look like, choking back tears.
“Heroes come in many different forms. We see them every Saturday on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama), or as we follow our favorite football or basketball teams and we get a chance to see what they can do. We see heroes on the big screen, with actors portraying roles that are heroic, and strong, and inspire. We often take the heroes around us for granted. We think they are invincible. Here, our heroes wear the uniform of the Tuscaloosa Police Department. Tonight, one of our heroes has died in the line of duty.”
Dornell Cousette was a 40-year-old who served 13 years with the department. Tuscaloosa Interim Police Chief Mitt Tubbs said the investigator had received a tip that a suspect wanted on outstanding warrants for failure to appear on felony crimes was at the residents. When Cousette got to the home at 6:23 p.m., he saw the suspect on the front porch, who then ran inside.
WBRC reported that Cousette followed the suspect and an exchange of gunfire ensued. Both Cousette and the unidentified suspect were wounded, Tubbs said. Cousette, shot in the face area, was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center. He was pronounced dead a short time later. The condition of the suspect has not been released. A bail bondsman was also at the scene when the shooting took place.
“It’s terribly difficult,” Tubbs said. “Every time you hear the phone ring, you just hope it’s not this call. And unfortunately, today it was this call. We are a family, and it’s very difficult to take.”
The officer, a U.S. Army veteran who joined the force in 2006, is the fourth to die in Alabama this year. Birmingham Police Sgt. Wytasha Carterwas killed Jan. 13, Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuderwas killed Jan. 20 and Auburn Police Officer William Buechnerwas killed May 19.