Police officer shot dead at work in Yonkers: sources

A plainclothes police officer from Yonkers was shot dead on the job Wednesday afternoon — a week before he was due to retire, law enforcement sources said.

The detective was in critical but stable condition after being shot once in the abdomen during a confrontation with a suspect at a bodega on Elm Street at 2pm, cops said. According to officials, his shooter was gunned down by an FBI agent.

The detective was part of a Westchester County Safe Roads task force attempting to apprehend three people as part of an illegal weapons investigation.

The detective and member of the FBI Task Force was shot in the abdomen during a standoff near Elm Street and Linden Street.
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According to sources, the official is only a week away from his retirement.
According to sources, the official is only a week away from his retirement.
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The officer was taken to Jacobi Hospital where he is conscious and awake.
The officer was taken to Jacobi Hospital where he is conscious and awake.
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Several men ran into the store, followed by several law enforcement officers in what Yonker Police Commissioner John Mueller described as a “chaotic scene.”

Inside, a suspect tried to push past the detective — who pushed back, Mueller said.

“As our detective pushed him back from Yonkers, it appears he fired a shot from his pocket at our detective and shot him in the stomach,” Mueller said at a news conference.

The injured suspect was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center.
The injured suspect was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
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“An FBI agent who was part of the Safe Streets Task Force returned fire and the suspect died.”

The detective was taken to Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx with awareness and vigilance, sources told the Post.

“He has damage to his colon, intestines and kidneys and he’s lost a tremendous amount of blood, but luckily we think he’ll be fine,” Mueller said.

The injured officer's brother is reportedly with the NYPD.
The injured officer’s brother is reportedly with the NYPD.
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Police arrested the other men involved in the skirmish – which was captured by the bodega’s surveillance camera – and seized two illegal weapons, the inspector said.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said it was only the third shooting this year in the Bronx-border city of 210,000. He praised the work of the officials.

“We owe them a debt of gratitude, but at the end of the day, there’s just too much of this happening across the country and something needs to be done,” Spano said.

The wounded officer, who has not been identified, has a brother who is an NYPD police officer, according to sources.

According to sources, he was scheduled to retire around April 28.

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