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2 US Marshals, NYPD officer shot in NYC shootout

NYPD patrol car (Giacomo Barbaro/Flickr)
December 04, 2020

An early Friday morning shootout left two U.S. Marshals and an NYPD detective with gunshot injuries, and one suspect dead in New York City.

The shooting started around 5:30 a.m. Friday on Ely Avenue in the Wakefield section of the Bronx while Marshals executed a warrant in an effort to find a suspect connected to shooting a Massachusetts State Trooper, ABC 7 reported.

The suspect, 35-year-old Andre K. Sterling, was shot and killed as numerous police units rushed to the scene.

Sterling was being sought for allegedly shooting a Massachusetts State Trooper during a traffic stop on Camp Street in Hyannis, Mass. He had faced charges of armed assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm, assault and battery with a firearm, larceny of a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Sterling also had two additional warrants that included charges of identity fraud, assault and battery on a police officer and failure to stop for police. He was also wanted in the state of Wyoming for narcotics charges.

The two U.S. Marshals and NYPD detective injured during the shootout were taken to Jacobi Hospital sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The detective was reportedly shot in the leg while helping transport the Marshals to the hospital.

In addition to the law enforcement officers, a second suspect was also transported to Jacobi Hospital.

New York has seen a spike in crime this year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, widespread civil unrest and calls to defund the police. The NYPD’s latest crime statistics showed that the city saw 137 shooting incidents and 502 gun-related arrests in October alone, a jump of 121 percent and 102 percent from the same period in 2019.

Shootings in New York City are almost twice in 2020 what they were last year, NYPD statistics show. Burglaries and car theft increased in October by 32.2 percent and 78.7 percent respectively compared to the same month in 2019.

“Our tireless men and women officers are here to serve New Yorkers and keep everyone across all neighborhoods safe,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement responding to the staggering statistics. “We will continue to be relentless in our mission to ensure public safety by working hand-in-hand with those we are sworn to serve and to deliver fair and exceptional police services.”