Three officers wounded in Manhattan shoot-out, suspect killed

AFP , Monday 28 Jul 2014

Three New York law enforcement officers were wounded Monday in a shoot-out in Manhattan with an individual who was killed in the exchange of fire, authorities said.

The incident occurred shortly after noon in the heart of the West Village, setting off a massive police response and the closure of nearby streets.

"From what we know at this point, it appears that the injuries to the officers are not life threatening," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said the wounded were a police officer and two US marshals.

"There was some sort of encounter with an individual who was with a fire arm and as a result of that the individual is, I believe, deceased," Bratton said.

NBC News reported that the officers were trying to arrest a man wanted in a sexual assault case, but he resisted and opened fire, triggering the shoot-out.

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