Two New York City police officers shot and wounded

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Posted: Jan 05, 2015 11:24 PM

(Reuters) - Two New York City police officers were shot and wounded on Monday, officials said, weeks after two officers were shot dead as they sat in their patrol car.

The New York Police Department said the officers were responding to a reported robbery in the Bronx when the shooting occurred around 10:40 p.m.

Police did not provide the conditions of the policemen, but said their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. No suspect had been taken into custody as of 11:40 p.m., according to police.

Further details were not immediately available.

The shooting comes just weeks after NYPD officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were ambushed and fatally shot on Dec. 20 by a killer who said he wanted to avenge the deaths of two unarmed black men in encounters with white officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City this summer.

New York City police turned out in their thousands on Sunday for the funeral of the second of the two officers, but in a sign of persistent tensions with Mayor Bill de Blasio, hundreds turned their backs when he delivered his eulogy.

Police Commissioner William Bratton and de Blasio on Monday announced a continued general decline in serious crime in the city in 2014, which de Blasio called a record-breaking year.

However, both said they could not rule out the possibility that a sharp decline in recent police activity was evidence of widespread insubordination, as friction between the police unions and de Blasio have risen since the slayings.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Nick Macfie)