NYC officer assigned to mayor's security team shot with pellet gun

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 24, 2015 1:42 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City police officer assigned to the mayor's security detail was struck on Sunday by an apparent BB or pellet gun outside the mayor's residence in Manhattan, police said.

The officer, assigned to Mayor Bill de Blasio's security team, was struck in the back and was treated for minor injuries before being released from a local hospital, a police spokesman said in a statement.

De Blasio was not at the residence, Gracie Mansion, at the time of the incident. Two people were taken into custody nearby and were being questioned.

Authorities said there have been two previous reports of apparent BBs or pellets causing damage to windows in the area, on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud)