BRONX, New York- The New York Daily News reports an NYPD sergeant was killed Friday in a gun battle in the Bronx that left a second cop wounded and a heavily armed robbery suspect dead, sources said.
Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, 41, was struck in the head and chest about 3 p.m. near Beach Ave. in Parkchester while pursuing the gunman after a home invasion robbery, sources said.
The second sergeant was struck in the right leg and is expected to survive.
The incident unfolded after the gunman barged into an apartment on Noble Ave. near Bronx River Ave., sources said.
The robbery victim reported that the suspect — identified as Manuel Rosales, 35 — was driving a red Jeep Cherokee.
The officers were inside a marked patrol car when they spotted the vehicle outside a storage facility on Bronx River Ave., sources said.
A ferocious gunfight broke out.
Carrying multiple guns, Rosales managed to strike both officers.
Rosales’ legs could be seen dangling outside the vehicle, which had crashed into the side of Tuck It Away Storage.
The officers — both based out of the 43rd precinct — were rushed to Jacobi Medical Center.
Tuozzolo’s family was still enroute to the hospital when he died, sources said.
He was a 19-year veteran of the NYPD, Mayor de Blasio said at a somber press conference.
Dozens of glum-faced officers were gathered outside the hospital Friday afternoon.