NYPD Has 10,000 Reasons Why You Should Rat Out Would-Be Cop Killer
|This is the bullet-proof vest that likely saved the life of NYPD Officer Brian Groves early this morning.|
According to police, about 3:40 a.m. today, Officer Brian Groves and his partner, Officer Erick Corniel, were conducting "vertical patrol" at the Seward Public Housing Development at 64-68 Essex Street in Manhattan when Groves opened a door in a stairwell and stumbled upon a man holding a silver revolver.
"Gun," Groves yelled to alert Corniel -- who was at the opposite stairwell -- about the weapon.
The suspect then started running -- Groves gave chase as the gunman darted down four flights of stairs.
After the brief pursuit, the gunman turned and shot Officer Groves, hitting him in the chest "at the heart," according to police. Luckily, the officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest, which stopped the bullet and likely saved his life.
Not realizing he was hit, Groves fired four shots at the suspect, but he got away -- and it's unclear whether he was wounded during the pursuit.
The suspect is described as black, in his 20s, and five-foot-nine with a thin build. His hair was braided in beaded corn-rows at the time of the shooting, and he was wearing a black shirt and red basketball shorts with beige stripes.
Groves is now the 9th NYPD officer shot in the line of duty this year.
Anyone with information about the suspect -- and who wants to cash in on the $10,000 reward -- is asked to call the NYPD.