NEW YORK, NY --A NYPD officer, marking his fourth anniversary on the job, was shot early Saturday morning in the South Bronx while exchanging gunfire with a suspect who was fighting with several other people with knives and bats in the street.
Officer Sherrod Stuart, 25, was shot in the right foot, officials said. He is being treated at Lincoln Hospital and is listed in stable condition; he is expected to recover. Stuart is a member of an anti-crime unit at the nearby 40th Precinct.
The suspect identified as Christopher Rice, 19, was also wounded and he was listed in serious condition at Lincoln. Police Commissioner William Bratton said Rice has a criminal history with five previous arrests, including a fare beating charge Friday morning. He was released at 11 p.m. Friday.
Bratton said the incident started around 2 a.m. when a fight broke out at a party with 100-200 people and spilled into street. Bratton described it as a "jump-up" party -- not held at a licensed location, but at a loft space over a Chase bank.
Police received several 911 calls reporting the fight involving guns, bats and knives at 2505 Third Ave. Officers pursued a suspect, Bratton said, when they arrived at the scene, then exchanged gunfire during which Stuart was struck in the right foot. Stuart fired back, striking the suspect four times. A .380 semi-automatic firearm was recovered at the scene.
NYPD photo of suspect's gun:
Three additional firearms were recovered near 137th Street and Third Avenue.
NYPD photo of another gun found at scene:
Five others suffered stab wounds during the fight.
NYPD photo of knife found at scene:
Bratton said Stuart, who is unmarried, started working on the force four years ago Saturday. Stuart's father is a detective with the NYPD.