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Police Involved Shooting: Yonkers Cop Shot in Abdomen Days Before Retirement, Suspected Shooter Dead

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There was an officer involved shooting in the Nodine Hill section of Yonkers, at a bodega deli at 115 Elm Street, today shortly at approximately 2:10pm today.

The on-duty police detective – a 27-year veteran of the department – received a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was conscious and alert when taken to Jacobi Medical Center, law enforcement sources say citing the preliminary investigation. The officer was subsequently taken into surgery.

A suspected 28-year-old shooter was also taken to a local hospital in critical condition, sources said. Police said he was later pronounced dead.

According to a tweet by the FBI @NewYorkFBI, members of the Westchester County Safe Streets Task Force were involved in the shooting incident.

Law enforcement sources say the Yonkers officer was set to retire in the coming days and was assigned to the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. The FBI website describes the task forces as those that “pursue violent gangs through sustained, proactive, coordinated investigations to obtain prosecutions on violations such as racketeering, drug conspiracy, and firearms violations.” 

Westchester District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced on August 3, 2021 the new initiative of federal, county and local law enforcement partners, launched to focused on enhanced strategies to prevent gun violence and gang activity in Westchester County, The collaboration includes the FBI’s Westchester Safe Streets Task Force, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the Westchester Department of Public Safety, the Yonkers Police Department, the Mount Vernon Police Department, the New Rochelle Police Department and the Westchester District Attorney’s Office.

According to law enforcement sources, there may have been as many as four suspects, with at least one opening fire. The injured officer and an FBI agent returned fire.

Yonkers Police Commissioner John J. Mueller informed the officer “is in critical but stable condition, he has damage to his colon, intestines and his kidneys and he lost a tremendous amount of blood, but thankfully we think he is going to be ok.” Mueller also confirmed they have a number of people in custody, and this is still a preliminary stage of the investigation at the press conference.

“At this point of the investigation it appears that the FBI member of the Westchester Safe Streets Task Force fired and not our detective who was shot himself,” Mueller informed. “To the best of our knowledge no other officer in the task force fired their weapon to the best of our knowledge.”

Commissioner Mueller said the incident was all capture of video, they have a pretty good handle of what went down but obviously there is much more work to do. When asked Mueller also added the officers as part of the task force were not wearing body cameras as they would have been if it was just a Yonkers police operation.

The area is presently cordoned-off pending a joint Yonkers Police / FBI investigation. Additional information may be released as it becomes available. Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story!

AJ Woodson

AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company, Host & Producer of the People Before Politics Radio Show. AJ is a Father, Brother, An Author, Journalism Fellow (Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), Hip-Hop Artist - one third of the legendary underground rap group JVC FORCE known for the single Strong Island, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, Documentarian, Activist, Criminal Justice Advocate and Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Daily Challenge Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine, Word Up! Magazine, On The Go Magazine and several others.

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