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New York police witnessed a robbery around 2:45 a.m. Friday and attempted to intervene when the suspects opened fire on officers.
NYPD officers from the 13th Precinct responded to the scene of a robbery in progress. Officers returned fire after the unidentified suspects on the run began shooting at plainclothes officers, the department said.
The theft took place near the Doux Supper Club, a 21 and 6 bar in New York City. The suspects fled the scene of the shooting in a silver Audi.
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A stray bullet hit the side of a civilian’s car. No one was seriously injured during the exchange.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, according to the NYPD.
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Violent crime has increased in various cities this year, and many are on track to surpass last year’s bloody statistics. New York City has seen a 25.8% increase so far in 2022.
Mayor Eric Adams expressed his frustration with a “poor criminal justice system” on Tuesday in a speech addressing recent traffic crashes involving pedestrians, according to Spectrum News NY1. DiGiacomo, however, said the police receive no support from the governor or city officials.
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John Caputo, a retired NYPD detective, warned on Tuesday that officers were leaving the force in droves for “greener pastures” because of soft-on-crime policies that have affected policing and public safety as a whole. .
According to NYPD pension fund data, 1,236 officers retired in 2020 and 1,064 in 2021.
In 2022 so far, there have already been 1,472 officers who have retired.
“I’ve actually seen other people go to other departments who have just been trained by the NYPD and left for greener pastures for more money or just not that type of government that doesn’t support you at all,” Caputo said. host Ashley Strohmier.
Fox News’ Michael Chin and Amy Nelson contributed to this report.