Man at­tacks N.Y. po­lice in pair of am­bushes

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - By SOPHIA ROSENBAUM and DEEPTI HAJELA

NEW YORK — A gun­man was taken into cus­tody Sun­day af­ter he am­bushed po­lice of­fi­cers in the Bronx twice in 12 hours, wound­ing two in at­tacks that ig­nited out­rage from of­fi­cials who blamed the vi­o­lence on an at­mo­sphere of anti-po­lice rhetoric.

The man, whose name was not im­me­di­ately re­leased, was cap­tured af­ter he walked into a po­lice sta­tion in the Bronx and started shoot­ing shortly be­fore 8 a.m. Sun­day. His shots struck a lieu­tenant in the arm and nar­rowly missed other po­lice per­son­nel be­fore he ran out of bul­lets, lay down and tossed his pis­tol.

That at­tack came just hours af­ter the same man ap­proached a pa­trol van in the same part of the Bronx late Satur­day and fired at two of­fi­cers in­side, wound­ing one be­fore es­cap­ing on foot, po­lice said.

De­spite mul­ti­ple shots fired in both in­ci­dents, no­body was killed, and all are ex­pected to re­cover, po­lice said.

“It is only by the grace of

God and the heroic ac­tions of those in­side the build­ing that took him into cus­tody that we are not talk­ing about po­lice of­fi­cers mur­dered in­side a New York City po­lice precinct,” Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Der­mot Shea said at a news con­fer­ence.

The of­fi­cer in­jured in the first shoot­ing, Paul Strof­folino, was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal Sun­day to ap­plause from a siz­able con­tin­gent of fel­low of­fi­cers. The of­fi­cer, a ban­dage vis­i­ble on his neck, gave a thumbs-up to the crowd.

Shea called the gun­man a “coward” and said he had a lengthy crim­i­nal his­tory, in­clud­ing a 2002 shoot­ing and car­jack­ing in which he also fired a gun at po­lice of­fi­cers. Shea said the man was paroled from prison in 2017 af­ter an at­tempted mur­der con­vic­tion.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New York po­lice stand out­side the 41st precinct at the scene of a po­lice in­volved shoot­ing Sun­day in New York.

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