2 NYPD Officers Shot In Springfield Gardens, Queens; Suspect Dead

It happened on 179th Street near 146th Road in Springfield Gardens just before 1 p.m.

2 NYPD Officers Shot In Springfield Gardens, Queens; Suspect Dead

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Two NYPD officers were shot in Queens Tuesday afternoon.

It happened on 179th Street near 146th Road in Springfield Gardens just before 1 p.m.

Both officers were rushed to Jamaica Hospital.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said a 41-year-old woman walked into the 105 precinct stationhouse Tuesday morning to report a domestic violence incident that took place Monday night. At around 12:40 p.m., she returned to her home with two domestic violence officers, Shea said.

When they arrived, the suspect was not at home.

Six minutes later, the suspect arrived and immediately opened fire at the officers, Shea said.

One of the officers was hit in the right thigh and has a fractured femur. The other officer was shot at least once and hit in both hands.

Both officers are alert and in stable condition and will require surgery.

The suspect, 41-year-old Rondell Goppy, was shot multiple times and died at the scene. Police recovered multiple weapons at the home.

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Goppy is a CUNY peace officer who had a registered weapon.

Authorities say there were four prior domestic violence calls at the home.

The woman was not injured in the shooting.

“Here you have officers who do the lord’s work. They protect survivors of domestic violence. They go into some of the most volatile, difficult situations that you can possibly imagine,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “They do it to protect innocent people who have been victims of abuse. And here we have a situation where a woman was in danger and these officers went in to protect her only to find themselves in harm’s way immediately. Thank God they’re going to pull through.

“Today they saved that woman’s life. I want to be crystal clear. Because those officers were there, that woman is alive, and I say God bless them,” de Blasio added.

The officers have been with the police department 14 years and six years, respectively.

“Those that disrespect police officers, those that want to say ‘Well let’s defund them, let’s take them out of every different type of job,’ well, here’s an example. It’s an example of a domestic dispute. It’s an example of when police walk in, they get shot at. What would happen if the police officers weren’t there?” said Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch. “And remember: They called us to go there. And because these two police officers put themselves at risk, professionally went to that call, there’s no one else dead.”

“An attack against one police officer is an attack against all law enforcement officers. Nassau Police share a sacred bond with members of the NYPD.  We extend our thoughts to the officers injured today and hope that they will make a full recovery.  Police officers put their own safety in jeopardy for the safety of others, and we must applaud them for the true, everyday heroes that they are,” said James McDermott, president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association.

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