YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) A police officer in suburban NY who was shot in the face when a auto stop turned into a firefight has left the hospital. One handgun was recovered Monday night, and authorities had the area shut down through Tuesday as they canvassed the scene.
Then cop responds: 'Send a truck or something to come get this officer out of here. We're right behind the suspect.
Frank Valencia, 18, of New Rochelle, received probation and youthful offender status when he was sentenced by Judge George Villegas of Bronx Supreme Court on September 20.
Yonkers police have not confirmed the identities of the two suspects, only saying that two are from New Rochelle.
Perez said he walked outside to check it out and saw cops rushing up to the scene, including one who grabbed a shotgun from the trunk of his police auto. 'She's lucky to be alive'.
'It could have been much worse, thank God the officer didn't sustain life-threatening injuries, ' said Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.
When Yonkers police responded to a report of a auto playing loud music at the corner of Rumsey Road and Park Hill Avenue, Valencia reportedly had a.40-caliber Glock in his hand.
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Officer Kayla Maher left Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx Tuesday via police escort.
Keith Olsen, president of the Yonkers Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, described Maher as 'tough as nails and in good spirits'. She was transported to a local hospital and was listed in serious but stable condition. According to an indictment brought by the Bronx District Attorney's Office, Valencia, a drug dealer with 23 prior arrests, was arrested in New York City on May 31 when officers found him there carrying a duffel bag with 500 rounds of ammunitions for.22-caliber pistol a 9-mm pistol and a shotgun, a machete, a set of brass knuckles and marijuana. She considered becoming a history teacher but ultimately made a decision to become a cop like her mom, he said.
"Don't know what the suspects were doing in the vehicle".
Maher, the daughter of retired NYPD Officer Susan Barry, is assigned to the Yonkers Police Department's 3rd Precinct.
"She went for it, she was really all about the job", he said.
"That's when I said, something is not right here", he said.