The officer is a seven-year veteran of the force who had worked eight hours on New Year’s Eve in Central Park until 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Sewell said.
His next shift was scheduled to begin at. 7, so the officer decided to sleep in his personal car parked in the back parking lot of 25th Precinct, Sewell said. The area, located on East 119th between Park and Lexington Avenue, houses dormitories where officers can sleep. By New Year’s Eve, all the dormitories inside the area were full, she said.
While the officer slept back in the driver’s seat, “the bullet comes through and hits him in the head from the rear passenger window,” Detective Chief James Essig said at the news conference.
Without other reports of gunfire, it is unclear when the bullet hit the officer, who woke up around 6 p.m. 06.15 with pain in the left side of his head and realized his rear passenger window was broken, Sewell said.
The officer entered the district house, where a guard sergeant who was outside the building “sees blood coming from the officer’s head,” Sewell said. The officer was taken to the New York Presbyterian for surgery, where doctors removed bullet fragments from his wounds.
“We are grateful that this officer is recovering as we know this could have been a very tragic outcome,” Sewell said. The NYPD is reviewing ShotSpotter data and surveillance video in the area as part of the investigation.
The recent rise in COVID cases across New York City has also affected the NYPD – Sewell referred to the rise in sick officers, leading to staff shortages and rapid shifts.
“This is also an example of how our department is facing the challenges of COVID-19. Our brave officers are relentlessly doing everything they can to make sure the police are on the streets and here for New Yorkers, including taking a map. rest in their cars between trips when their days off are canceled, ”she said.
Adams, who has consistently pledged greater resources to fight crime, said at the press conference that the shooter will be brought to justice in the midst of a broader crime.
“We must not only find the gun, but we must find the person who fired the weapon, and we must find those who believe they will destroy our city with gun and gang violence,” Adams said.
The police shooting changed the tone of Adams’ eventful first day in office on Saturday, which he started at 12:06 pm at his oath ceremony in Times Square after the New Year’s ball.
Adams then appeared on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” in which he told Seacrest that he had a few parties to attend but that he would “get up early in the morning and work for New York City,” “according to NBC New York.
Before 8 a.m., Adams walked to City Hall from his brownstone in Bed Stuy, where he saw a fist blow near a subway station and called 911 to report an ongoing assault, according to journalists who followed him. When two patrol cars showed up, the fight was over.