NYPD Cop Killed During Gunfight in the Bronx

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On Friday in the Bronx, an ex-con who was later identified as 35-year-old Manuel Rosales had reportedly shot an NYPD sergeant to death. He then went on to shoot a second police officer, but he only wounded him. The gunman would eventually be killed by responding police officers who exchanged gunfire with him.

The officer killed was 41-year-old Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo. He was shot in the chest and head by the bullets. The other cop who was injured has been identified as 30-year-old Sergeant Emmanuel Kwo. He was shot in the right leg but it is not a fatal wound and he is expected to make a full recovery.  As for Tuozzolo, he was a 19-year veteran with the NYPD. He leaves behind two young sons and a wife.

The incident apparently started when Rosales broke into a Beach Avenue apartment that belonged to his estranged wife. This was around 2:45PM in the afternoon. This woman called 9-1-1 and told the dispatchers that an armed killer was in her apartment. When the police arrived at the scene, Rosales drove away in a red-colored Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle was later spotted by a police vehicle outside of a storage facility in the Bronx. Rosales tried to get away that time by making a U-turn, but he ended up getting boxed in by the cops.

Four police officers arrived first at the scene. Two of the officers, Kwo and Tuozzolo, drew their firearms and approached the vehicle, demanding the gunman come out. As the officers got closer after getting no response, Rosales secretly had a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and used it to shoot the officers. The other officers at the scene would go on to shoot Rosales to death in response.

Rosales had been arrested 17 times before and went to prison three times.

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