The Latest: Police say gunman who shot 2 cops killed himself

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Posted: Feb 04, 2016 11:01 PM
The Latest: Police say gunman who shot 2 cops killed himself

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on two police officers shot in a New York public housing complex (all times local):

10:15 p.m.

Two police officers shot and wounded while patrolling a New York housing project apparently were attacked by a gunman who later killed himself a few miles from where Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) was delivering his State of the City address.

Police say the officers encountered two people in a stairwell Thursday evening when one of them pulled a gun and opened fire. Both officers were struck. Police say the shooter fled into an apartment.

Officers responding to the scene say they found him in the apartment dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say a handgun and a shotgun were inside the apartment. A suspect is in custody. Some people in the apartment are being questioned.

The officers have non-life-threatening injuries and are awake and alert at a hospital.

The Democratic mayor raced to the hospital after being told about the shooting when he finished his speech.

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This item has been corrected to show the officer was shot in the abdomen, not an arm, according to new information police.

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10 p.m.

Two police officers shot while on patrol in a New York housing project had stopped to question a group of people before getting into an exchange of gunfire.

A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press the officers were on patrol in the Bronx on Thursday night when they encountered a group of people in a hallway. The official says someone in the group pulled out a gun and exchanged fire with the officers.

The official isn't authorized to speak publicly about the developing investigation and spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity.

A spokeswoman for the mayor says one of the officers was shot in the face and the other was shot in an arm.

The officers are awake and alert at a hospital. Several people are being questioned.

— AP writer Colleen Long contributed to this item.

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9:15 p.m.

Authorities say two New York Police Department officers shot while on patrol in a housing project suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police say a suspect is in custody.

The shooting happened Thursday night in the Bronx. A spokeswoman for Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says one of the officers was shot in the face and the other was shot in an arm.

De Blasio was delivering his State of the City speech about 5 miles away when the shooting happened. His spokeswoman says he was briefed as soon as he left the stage and raced to the hospital.

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8:40 p.m.

Two New York Police Department officers have been shot in a public housing complex.

A spokeswoman for Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says it happened Thursday night in the Bronx. Spokeswoman Karen Hinton says one of the officers was shot in the face and the other was shot in an arm. She doesn't have any more details.

The officers have been hospitalized. Their conditions are unknown.

De Blasio was delivering his State of the City speech about 5 miles away when the shooting happened. His spokeswoman says he was briefed as soon as he left the stage and was headed to the hospital.

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