NYPD Has 10,000 Reasons Why You Should Rat Out Would-Be Cop Killer
Bad news for whoever shot an NYPD officer early this morning: in addition to the fact that every cop in town is looking for you right now, there's currently a $10,000 reward for your arrest.
According to police, about 3:40 a.m. today, Officer Brian Groves and his partner, Officer Erick Corniel, were conducting "vertical patrol" at the Seward Public Housing Development at 64-68 Essex Street in Manhattan when Groves opened a door in a stairwell and stumbled upon a man holding a silver revolver.
"Gun," Groves yelled to alert Corniel -- who was at the opposite stairwell -- about the weapon.
The suspect then started running -- Groves gave chase as the gunman darted down four flights of stairs.
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After the brief pursuit, the gunman turned and shot Officer Groves, hitting him in the chest "at the heart," according to police. Luckily, the officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest, which stopped the bullet and likely saved his life.
Not realizing he was hit, Groves fired four shots at the suspect, but he got away -- and it's unclear whether he was wounded during the pursuit.
The suspect is described as black, in his 20s, and five-foot-nine with a thin build. His hair was braided in beaded corn-rows at the time of the shooting, and he was wearing a black shirt and red basketball shorts with beige stripes.
Groves is now the 9th NYPD officer shot in the line of duty this year.
Anyone with information about the suspect -- and who wants to cash in on the $10,000 reward -- is asked to call the NYPD.
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