Two po­lice sergeants shot, one fa­tally; sus­pect dead

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - STATE NEWS - By Jake Pear­son And Jen­nifer Peltz

NEW YORK >> A po­lice sergeant was shot and killed and a se­cond one was wounded Fri­day in a gun­fight on a street with an armed man who had bro­ken into his es­tranged wife’s home, of­fi­cials said.

The gun­man also was killed in the ex­change of shots that took the life of Sgt. Paul Tuoz­zolo, a 19year vet­eran of the New York Po­lice Depart­ment and the fa­ther of two young chil­dren.

“The city is in mourn­ing, and the fam­ily of the NYPD is in mourn­ing,” Mayor Bill de Bla­sio said at a news con­fer­ence at a Bronx hos­pi­tal.

The mayor, a Demo­crat, called Tuoz­zolo “a very good man, a de­voted man, a man who com­mit­ted his life to pro­tect­ing all of us.”

The other wounded sergeant, Em­manuel Kwo, was un­der­go­ing treat­ment for a gun­shot wound to the leg, of­fi­cials said.

The vi­o­lent en­counter be­gan to un­fold at 2:45 p.m., when a woman called po­lice and said a Long Is­land man, Manuel Ros­ales, had forced his way into an apart­ment where his es­tranged wife and their 3-year-old son were stay­ing. Ros­ales stayed for hours be­fore flee­ing, po­lice said.

Pa­trol of­fi­cers spot­ted his car just a few min­utes later about a half-mile away. Sev­eral of­fi­cers con­verged on the ve­hi­cle. As they ap­proached, Ros­ales opened fire with a .45-cal­iber semi-au­to­matic pis­tol, po­lice said.

Tuoz­zolo was shot at close quar­ters, po­lice Com­mis­sioner James O’Neill said.

“There’s noth­ing worse than a day like today,” O’Neill said.

News he­li­copter footage of the scene showed the red SUV that Ros­ales had been driv­ing mounted on a side­walk, pinned be­tween a flatbed truck and a po­lice ve­hi­cle.

Area res­i­dent Gary Mayo, a city worker, was home on a day off when he heard five or six booms.

“That doesn’t sound like fire­crack­ers,” he said he thought.

From the ter­race of his fourth-floor apart­ment he saw a swarm of po­lice cars con­verg­ing on a nearby street and could tell what­ever hap­pened was “some­thing re­ally big,” he said.

Ros­ales, 35, had a his­tory of 17 ar­rests, many re­lated to do­mes­tic dis­putes, and had served time in state prison for pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty.

A court is­sued an or­der in Jan­uary 2015 telling him to stay away from his wife. In July, he was ar­rested in Bay Shore and was ac­cused of vi­o­lat­ing that or­der by grab­bing her hair and yank­ing her head back and forth.

He was sched­uled to ap­pear in court on Long Is­land on Nov. 16 on a charge of vi­o­lat­ing a pro­tec­tive or­der.

A lawyer who pre­vi­ously rep­re­sented Ros­ales said he wasn’t vi­o­lent but de­clined to comment fur­ther.

Tuoz­zolo is the fifth New York Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cer to be fa­tally shot in the line of duty in the last two years.

Gov. An­drew Cuomo, a Demo­crat, said in a state­ment that Tuoz­zolo had “made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in the line of duty.”

JULIO CORTEZ — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New York City Po­lice of­fi­cers search for clues on a street where a shoot­ing took place in the Bronx bor­ough of New York, Fri­day, Nov. 4, 2016. Of­fi­cials say two New York City po­lice sergeants were shot, one fa­tally, in a gun bat­tle with a home in­va­sion sus­pect. A po­lice spokesman says the rob­bery sus­pect was killed in the gun fire ex­change.

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