On-duty NY officer critically injured in ‘unprovoked attack’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An on-duty New York City police officer was critically injured on Wednesday after a person walked up to her police vehicle and began to fire shots through the window, authorities said.

The female police officer, a 12-year veteran assigned to the New York Police Department’s 46th Precinct’s Anti-Crime unit, was taken to a Bronx area hospital and was listed in “extremely critical condition,” according to the NYPD.

The department said the officer was struck in the head in an “unprovoked attack” while sitting in a marked police command van – which had been parked in the area since March because of increased gang activity.

The NYPD said a male suspect was shot and killed by responding officers and that there were “no outstanding suspects.” The suspect, identified as a 34-year-old man from New York City, pulled a gun on the responding officers and led them on a block-long foot chase before he was killed, police said, noting that a silver revolver was recovered at the scene.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary said the mayor had been briefed on the matter and was at the hospital with the wounded officer.

“It is clear this was an unprovoked attack on police officers who were assigned to keep the people of this great city safe,” New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in a press conference early Wednesday.

He said an innocent bystander was also shot and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after the incident. The officer’s partner, who was also in the vehicle, was not injured in the attack.

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