Partner of cop shot in ammo belt speaks out

February 29, 2012 3:34:51 PM PST
An NYPD officer is talking about a shootout with a man who just opened fire for no reason just five feet away.

The officer's partner was saved when one of the bullets hit his ammo belt.

"When you really break it down, that should have turned out horribly," Officer Tom Dunne said.

He's a hero cop who cheated death.

Officer Tom Dunne and his partner Tommy Richards found themselves face to face with a guy with a gun who opened fire with no warning.

"You train for a lot of things, just walking up to somebody and having him pull out a gun and start shooting at you, you really can't train for," Dunne said.

From just five feet away, investigators say Luis Martinez fired multiple shots at the two Toms, hitting Richards in his gun belt; his spare clip saved his life.

And every other bullet somehow missed!

"You think in your head, what would I do if somebody starts shooting at me? How would I react, would I pull my gun and return fire?" Dunne said.

Both officers did, hitting Martinez.

Police followed a trail of blood, and took him down, after a wild shootout with a very happy ending.

"I still can't really wrap my head around it. At the end of the day it should have been, he shot Tommy, he shot me, and he shouldn't have been able to walk away, with how close everything is and how it happened," Dunne said.

Officer Dunne is married, and a new father.

The first thing he did when he got home was to hold his son tight.

He says he can't wait to get back to work.

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