Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:09 AM
Source: Associated Press
NEW YORK - Three New York City police officers are recovering after being shot in separate incidents that left one suspect dead and four under arrest.
The shootings occurred in a one-hour span Thursday night.
Off-duty Police Officer Juan Pichardo was shot in the thigh at his family's Bronx car dealership by one of two men who entered the business around 6:30 p.m.
An hour later in Brooklyn, two plainclothes transit officers were injured. Police say a man pulled a handgun from his waistband and opened fire. One of the officers returned fire, killing the suspect.
The city reported a record-low number of murders last year - 418. The previous low was 471, in 2009.
Last year, 11 police officers were shot while on duty and one while off duty, none of them fatal.