Three in custody in shooting of two NYPD officers

January 7th, 2015 by Staff

Investigators say Polanco, 24, fired the shots that injured a pair of NYPD officers.

(WPIX 11) NEW YORK – Two men are in custody in connection with the shooting of a pair of plainclothes NYPD officers — including the suspected gunman, according to authorities.

The alleged shooter has been identified as 24-year-old Jason Polanco, according to NYPD officials.

Polanco has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, attempted murder, robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and assault with several counts of attempted murder. He also allegedly made anti-cop statements on social media.

Members of the Fugitive Task Force aided in the arrest of Polanco and 28-year-old Joshua Kemp, who were apprehended Tuesday in the area of Westchester Avenue and Williamsbridge Road in the Bronx, sources say.

Kemp has been charged with robbery, grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.
The development comes hours after police released clear, close-up surveillance footage showing one of the suspects.  Police received 29 calls to their anonymous tip line — ten people identified the suspect as Jason Polanco.

Officers Andrew Dossi, 30, and Aliro Pellerano, 38, were fired upon Monday night while searching for armed robbers who stuck up a grocery store at 363 East 180th St. in the Bronx.

They were in plainclothes when they saw two men walking near the scene of the robbery, police said.  It was at that moment that police believe the suspects saw them.  Although they had changed clothes and no longer fit the description, their body language caught the attention of the officers.

Polanco, ducked into a nearby Chinese restaurant on Tiebout Ave. near East 184th Street.  While he was inside, surveillance video shows him buying a Snapple., the other was standing outside.

When Dossi and Pellerano approached the pair, the man inside the restaurant stormed out and began shooting, NYPD said.

Both officers — part of a five-member anti-crime team — were struck in the encounter.  According to sources, one of the three bullets allegedly fired by Polanco is believed to have passed through Kemp’s bicep before striking one of the officers.  Police say Polanco fired three times, using a powerful .44 Magnum handgun that has been traced back to a previous owner in Colorado who had it in 1984.

The gun was not stolen and police are investigating how it arrived in the hands of a Bronx gunman.

Polanco allegedly fired twice as he ran away, stealing a white Camaro that was later found abandoned with a stolen gun.

Dossi remained in critical but stable condition Tuesday afternoon after undergoing surgery for wounds to his arm and lower back, police said. Pellerano was in stable condition with gunshot wounds to the chest and arm.

Kemp checked himself in at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center late Monday, police said, and after questioning admitted to the crime.

Police also brought a third man, 26-year-old Elio Rivera, in for questioning. Rivera had been spotted walking with Polanco, but appears not to have been connected to the robbery. He has since been cleared.

Both Kemp and Polanco have multiple prior offenses.

The shooting comes a little more than two weeks after detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn.

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