Brittany ComakJul 21, 2018, 5:43 pmJul 23, 2018, 2:48 pm

Off-duty Hempstead police officer shoots 2 suspects, himself accidentally in the leg

Officer was rear ended, 4 men assaulted, attempted to rob him

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HEMPSTEAD – The New York Police Department said they are investigating an attempted robbery of a Hempstead police officer in the Bronx on Saturday morning. The officer shot two suspects and accidentally shot himself in the leg.

Police said it was just after 6 a.m. when an off-duty Hempstead police officer was involved in a car accident in the Bronx near Sedgwick Avenue and Hall of Fame Terrace. He was rear-ended by a black Toyota Camry carrying two men. When the officer got out of the car to inspect the damage, police said a red Nissan pulled up with another two men inside. The four men then began to assault the officer in an attempt to rob him, according to police.

"I think that's crazy! That guy, they can't touch an officer! It's unbelievable!" Hempstead resident Jose Moncada said. “Incredible! Crazy people! They can't touch nobody like that."

In the tussle, the 33-year-old officer shot the two men who had rear-ended him, a 19-year-old in the stomach and a 24-year-old in the back. Police believe he accidentally shot himself in his right calf while trying to defend himself.

According to police, the off-duty Hempstead officer was brought to St. Barnabas Hospital for his non-life threatening injury. The two men in the red Nissan took the men who had been shot to another hospital.

Police are still searching for those other two men who were not shot.

None of the people have been identified yet, and Hempstead police said the investigation is ongoing.

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