Police shooting: Suspect shot, killed after attempting to break into woman's apartment in Bronx

WILLIAMSBRIDGE, Bronx (WABC) -- A 27-year old man has died after he was shot by police when officers responded to a burglary in progress.

The incident was reported when the resident of a first floor apartment came home and encountered the suspect Thursday afternoon.

Police responded to the building near East 224th Street and Bronx Boulevard in the Williamsbridge area of the Bronx.

Officers found the suspect inside his ex-girlfriend's apartment and armed with a gun.

One officer tried to disarm the man with his Taser when he refused to comply with orders to drop his gun, according to police.

The suspect fired two shots after running into the bedroom where he broke the window and fled.

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Responding back-up officers chased the suspect through nearby Shoelace Park next to the Bronx River.

The suspect then turned toward officers with a gun in hand and three officers fired at the suspect striking him in the torso and arm, police said.

He then attempted to flee in to the Bronx River.

Officers removed him from the river and began to render first aid.

EMS took over moments later and transported the suspect to Jacobi Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A nine-millimeter pistol was recovered from the river and is believed to be the suspect's.

This wasn't the victim's first violent interaction with her ex-boyfriend. According to a criminal complaint, the suspect was arrested for breaking into the same apartment on Jan. 9.

He allegedly dragged her and threatened to kill her before sexually assaulting her.

The suspect has two prior felony arrests and one misdemeanor. Both felony arrests were still pending in court and he was out on bail.

The shooting marks the third police shooting in the last 48 hours. A total of two NYPD officers and three suspects have been shot.

Earlier Thursday morning an NYPD detective was shot while executing a narcotics search warrant on Staten Island. Police returned fire and 39-year-old Nelson Pizarro was struck in the leg.

On Tuesday night, an NYPD officer was struck by the same bullet that passed through a 16-year-old reputed gang member, fired during a scuffle on a problematic Bronx block.



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