NEW YORK â€“ Police are questioningÂ threeÂ possible suspects after twoÂ New York City detectives where shot while responding to a robbery Monday night in the Bronx,Â police said.
One man, Jason Polanco, was preparing to flee the city when he was nabbed near East Tremont and Westchester avenues in The Bronx shortly before 1 p.m., sources told the New York Post.
A second man, Elio Rivera, was taken into custody with Polanco.
They were apprehended by deputy US marshals from the Regional Fugitive Task Force and NYPD detectives outside a T-Mobile cellphone store, a law enforcement source said.
They didnâ€™t put up any fight and immediately dropped to the snowy sidewalk when ordered, the source said.
A third man, who went to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital with a gunshot wound to the back, was released into the NYPDâ€™s custody earlier, sources said.
Polanco is suspected of opening fire and seriously wounding plainclothes cops Andrew Dossi and Aliro Pellarano outside a Chinese restaurant as they investigated the earlier robbery of a nearby deli, sources said.
Dossi and Pellarano had just ended their shift but then responded to a grocery store robbery at 363 E. 180th St. when discovered two suspects at 184th Street, authoritiesÂ said.
Authorities said the police were probably not targeted but pointed out how dangerous police work can be.
One of the men went into a Chinese restaurant on Tiebout Avenue at about 10:35 p.m. while the othe rremained outside, according to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton.
â€œAs two of the officers approached the male on the street, the other suspect inside of the store came out and fired upon the officers,â€ Bratton said. â€œThe officers returned fire.â€
The suspects then ran while exchanging gunfire with cops at 184th Street and Tiebout Avenue.
â€œWe are currently investigating if the suspect who fired upon the officers was also involved in the prior robbery,â€ Bratton said.
Both officers, from the 46th Precinct, were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital. Dossi was in surgery Tuesday morning. Their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Both officers are expected to survive.
The suspects are described as Hispanics between 25 and 30, who wore dark clothes Monday night, Bratton said.
The Post reported that one possible suspect was apprehended at nearby New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he had sought treatment for a gunshot wound. It was not clear how he was shot.
The NYPD was searching for at least one and possibly two other suspects. Police seized a black Nissan Altima that was parked outside New York Presbyterian Hospital and had been rented from an agency in Mount Kisco, according to the Post.
The organization COP SHOT, Citizens Outraged at Police Being Shot, has offered a $10,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects, Fox News reported.
Surveillance video shows one of two suspects in the shootings of two NYPD officers late Monday.
The shooting comes one day after the funeral of NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu. Liu, along with his partner Rafael Ramos, was ambushed and murdered as he sat in his patrol car in Brooklyn Dec. 20. The shooter, a man who vowed online to kill “pigs,” ran into a subway station where he shot himself to death.
Although authorities said they did not appear to be targeted, as two police shot dead in their squad car in Brooklyn last month were, the incident was a sobering reminder of the dangers of policing and of the current tension between the force and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who praised them at a news conference at St. Barnabas Hospital, early Tuesday, the Post reported.