Gunman Ambushes Two NYPD Officers, Two Dead

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Justin Caruso Contributor
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A tragic scene unfoldedFriday afternoon in the Bronx, leading to two NYPD sergeants shot, one fatally.

A man identified as Manuel Rosales robbed his wife’s apartment and reportedly kept members of his family hostage for hours. Rosales then left the apartment and a woman called the police and offered a description of his car, a red jeep.

Two officers in a patrol car, Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo and Emmanuel Kwowas, caught up to Rosales. When Tuozzolo approached the jeep, Rosales shot him point blank, reportedly with a .45-caliber, semiautomatic handgun, killing him.

A gunfight then broke out in which Rosales was killed, but not before wounding Kwowas with a shot to the leg. He is expected to survive.

Manuel Rosales reportedly had 17 prior arrests.

New York Governor Anthony Cuomo released a statement reading, in part, “My deepest sympathies are with the families of the sergeants involved in today’s tragedy in the Bronx, and with Commissioner O’Neill and the NYPD as they cope with the loss of one of their own.”

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