An NYPD officer was shot several times in Brooklyn on Thursday by a gunman who barricaded himself in a bedroom and killed himself, authorities said. He said the officer's vest prevented a bullet from hitting his chest.
When officers arrived and approached the front of the building, the suspect opened gunfire and struck an officer several times, the commissioner said.
When police stormed the apartment, they found him dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"What could have been just another day, just another call, turned into something much worse", said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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"The caller reported that her 29-year-old son was not violent, reported to be unarmed and present with her in the home", O'Neill said.
Nguyen of the 75th Precinct has been on the force for just over two years.
"This vest definitely saved his life", O'Neill said.
The police commissioner said the officer's partner was also shaken up. "Thank God our officer is going to come through OK in this case". The officers were not sure about what weapon Sookdeo used to shoot Nguyen, but they later recovered two guns at the scene. "Our officer is going to come through it, he's a courageous young man, he's going to come through it".
The officer was brought to Jamaica Hospital with non-hazardous wounds.