It was the third shooting involving police in the Bronx in as many hours on Thursday night when officers opened fire on an armed suspect on a catwalk adjacent to subway tracks.
NYPD Chief of Transit Michael Kemper said at a press conference that the man was shot when he became trapped between police officers while brandishing the gun at around 8 p.m. near the 231st Street subway stop.
After officers made “multiple” demands for him to drop the weapon, he was struck once in the left hand, Kemper said.
The condition of the individual, who has not yet been recognized, is described as stable.
“It should also be noted that this individual pointed that firearm at these officers up on that catwalk area multiple times,” Kemper added.
Around 8 p.m., witnesses called 911 to report a man “acting crazy” and pointing a gun at a throng that included youngsters, Kemper said. Police responded by rushing to the 238th subway station platform.
According to him, authorities from the 238th Street station followed the alleged shooter southward, while those from the 231st Street station encountered him.
The Bronx incident is the third police shooting in New York City on Thursday; in both Brooklyn and Queens, officers exchanged gunfire with armed suspects.
Before 1:15 p.m., police responded to a possible burglary at a Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment and shot and killed an older man who they said “charged” at them with a weapon.
The NYPD reported that two hours later, an armed suspect was shot and wounded after approaching officers with a knife. A security guard outside a church was stabbed by a 59-year-old man just minutes before police arrived.