NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a New York City police officer was shot Tuesday night in the Bronx. Officers were responding to a call in the area of Lafayette Avenue and White Plains Road when the officer was shot at about 10:30 p.m. Authorities say the officer was conscious and alert at a hospital and he was shot in the lower back below his bulletproof vest. The NYPD tweeted that residents should avoid the area. Authorities said the officer fired one round and the perpetrator fired four rounds. The officer was struck during the exchange of gunfire. The officer is 31 years old and has been with the NYPD for over six years. He’s expected to make a full recovery.
FILE – In this Dec. 31, 2015, file photo, a New York City police officer sits in a cruiser at a checkpoint surrounding Times Square during New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)