ROCKLAND, N.Y. – An off-duty New York City officer was severely beaten and robbed outside of a bar in Rockland, New York on Tuesday morning, police said.
Officer John Joyce is a housing officer who’s reportedly assigned to Public Service Area 7 in the South Bronx. As he was leaving Mickey’s Tavern in Pearl River at around 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, three suspects allegedly jumped him and began brutally beating him.
After the off-duty officer was injured and lying on the ground, the suspects allegedly robbed him of his sneakers and took off into the night.
Emergency crews arrived on the scene and Officer Joyce was rushed to Nyack Hospital to be treated for his injuries, which included a fractured eye socket, sources said.
An NYPD spokesman referred all questions to the Orangetown Police Department, which is handling the case.
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The officer is expected to make a full recovery, but police have still not been able to apprehend any suspects in the vicious assault. Anyone with information that could lead to the capture and arrest of the three suspects is advised to call Orangetown Police at (845) 359-3700.
Another member of law enforcement is lucky to be alive after he was shot in the chest by an armed suspect during a traffic stop early on Wednesday morning in Texas.
Police say that his bulletproof vest saved his life.
The Harris County Precinct 7 Constable’s Office reported that Deputy Quentin Goodwill stopped a driver in a silver sedan outside the Missouri City Park and Ride at 13849 Fondren Road just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday. When the deputy got out of his vehicle and approached the suspect’s car, the suspect immediately began opening fire.
Houston Police Assistant Chief H. Gaw said Goodwill had no time to react.
“Before the deputy had a chance to say anything, the suspect fired shots,” Gaw said.
The constable’s office said that no words had been exchanged before the gunfire began. The deputy was struck twice – once in the chest plate of his vest, and another in the deputy’s flashlight. He managed to get to cover by a nearby METRO station. Authorities say that he did not return fire.
As the gunman threw his car into gear and sped away, a bystander who had witnessed the shooting immediately went to the deputy to make sure that he was okay.
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KHOU 11 reportedly spoke to a witness at the scene. They reported that the deputy constable was able to walk to a stretcher under his own power and was loaded into an ambulance. He was then taken to a nearby medical facility and is expected to be treated and released later on Wednesday.
Approximately a half-hour after Goodwill was shot during the traffic stop, a silver Honda sedan with Florida plates – the one matching the description of the alleged gunman – was spotted in town by Houston police officers.
They attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled.
BREAKING OVERNIGHT: A scary close call! A @Precinct7 Deputy constable shot in the chest during a routine traffic stop along Fondren/Beltway in SW #Houston. He’s okay, saved by his bulletproof vest! The suspect is in custody. #khou11 #HTownRush pic.twitter.com/6y0N8gW13P
— Michelle Choi (@MichelleKHOU) August 21, 2019
After a short chase, police arrested the alleged shooter near the intersection of Post Oak Road and West Orem Drive, the police department said in a statement.
The National Fraternal Order of Police posted a tweet this morning with the hashtag, #EnoughIsEnough.
Yet another officer shot. This is the danger the brave men/women of law enforcement deal w/everyday. A simple traffic stop and in an instant the officer was shot. Thankfully officer’s vest stopped the bullet and suspect was caught. #EnoughIsEnough http:/ https://t.co/qflC3okqLE
— National FOP (@GLFOP) August 21, 2019
The driver was not yet identified but police say he remains in custody and will be facing serious charges. A search of his vehicle turned up a gun and body armor, police said. HPD, METRO police, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Precinct 7 and a private security firm were all on the scene.
The deputy’s vehicle was seen being hauled away on a tow truck following the incident.
Reports noted that Deputy Goodwill has been working for the Houston office for the last five years.