The officer's vest abosrbed a shot to the chest, a law enforcement source said. Later in the evening, when the Emergency Services Unit officers entered the building, they found the gunman, identified as 29-year-old Andy Sookdeo, had fatally shot himself.
He struck the male officer twice in his bullet-proof vest, police said. His name was not released.
The officer was hit in his impenetrable vest; the shot ricocheted off the vest and hit him in the arm, police said. The suspect's name was withheld pending notification of his family.
The wounded officer has been named as Hart Nguyen, a 30-year-old father of two who joined NYPD in July 2015.
"The right protective gear made all the difference", the mayor said. The mother had called 911 and told police her son was unarmed. Some officers went to the rear of the home and circled around the back door as the mother had warned them her son might try to flee from there, according to O'Neill.
In addition to the weapons, the shooter had a good amount of pills and had recently gotten a new BMW, which has raised questions about how he funded the auto and what he was doing with the medication, police said. Police cars lined several streets in the neighborhood as helicopters circled overhead. "They said recovery is going to take a while, but I saw the injuries, I spoke to him, spoke to his partner and they're going to be fine, may take a little time though". "Thank God our officer's going to come through it".