Wednesday, January 6, 2010
The Bronx cops grazed in a bizarre ricochet shooting have been released from the hospital, and four men involved in the incident charged Wednesday.
Narcotics Dets. Thomas Guarino and Thomas McHale were struck after a female detective fired one shot at a charging pit bull in the alley of a Fordham building Tuesday night - and the bullet ricocheted back.
A group of men, police said, surrounded two undercovers sent to Davidson Avenue to check on drugs dealing complaints.
The men, police said, mistook the cops for dealers and told them the block "is hot," and peered into an unmarked police car to prove their point. A sergeant and two detectives in that car jumped out and a chase ensued.
That's when Louis Miranda, 22, opened the door to a basement apartment and set loose a pit bull.
The female detective fired as the dog charged, the bullet piercing its paw and ricocheting after hitting a wall.
Guarino was grazed on the face and McHale on the left leg.
They were treated at Jacobi Hospital and released.
Miranda was charged with reckless endangerment and weapons possession. Three others, including two relatives, were charged with resisting arrest. A fifth person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
BRONX COP WAS GRAZED BY A STRAY BULLET IN THE LEFT LEG AFTER SHOOTING IT A A DOG WHO WAS TRYING TO ATTACK HIM. INSTEAD OF SHOOTING THE DOG IT THEN BACKFIRED FROM OFF THE DOG RIGHT AT THE COP. DESPITE THE COP DOING THERE JOB WHICH WAS SOLVING A CASE THAT NEED TO BE SOLVED HE SHOULD HAVE WENT ABOUT TAKING CONTROL OF THE DOG IN A DIFFERENT WAY. THE DOG MAY HAVE BEEN UN TAMABLE BUT WHEN IN A ENVIORMENT THAT IS AS CLOSED IN AS THAT YOU JUST LIMIT THE USE OF WEAPONS AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.IF IT IS NOT OKAY FOR REGULAR INDIVIDUALS TO USE WEAPONS AT ANY TIME THEN COPS SHOULD FOLLOW THE SAME RULES. THEY ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW