Officer saved by body armor, suspect killed during violent encounter

NEW YORK – An NYPD officer was saved by his body armor Wednesday morning, after he was shot during a “violent” altercation with a naked man who was then shot by police. The suspect later died, officials said.

Eight officers from the 32nd Precinct responded at around 1:51 a.m. to a residential building in Harlem, where a 29-year-old male was reported to be “harassing” a female and “banging on doors and breaking glass” inside the building, Police Commissioner James O’Neill said during a news conference.

Once inside the building, officers began to search the second floor — which is when one officer, who has yet to be identified, located the man in question, who was naked and armed with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun, Fox News reported.

O’Neill said the two got into a “violent” struggle. As a result, the officer called for help and several other officers began to fire at the suspect.

At some point, the officer was shot in the chest. However, the round did not penetrate his body armor, O’Neill said. Consequently, the suspect was shot several times and later pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital.

Moreover, the officer also suffered several injuries to his face after being punched during the altercation.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio commended the officer involved for his “bravery and strength.”

“He’s shaken but he’ll be OK,” de Blasio said.

O’Neill said the officer joined the department in 2012. Furthermore, he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries and recovering at St. Luke’s hospital.

“Today we are reminded that no call is ever routine,” he continued.

Police did not identify the suspect but said he had a history of domestic violence calls against him.

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