“We believe all three parties knew each other,” he said.
Asked whether the officer had used her service weapon in the shooting, he said that there was a “very good chance” that was the case and that investigators had taken ballistic evidence and a gun from the apartment.
Hours after the shooting, officers could be seen going in and out of the two-story brick dwelling at the corner of 19th Avenue and 79th Street where the shooting occurred and combing the grounds of another house directly across street. The intersection remained blocked by police vehicles and taped off to pedestrians and cars.
Teresa DiGirolamo, who lives a few doors down from where the shooting happened, said in an interview that she had been in her kitchen shortly after 4:30 p.m. when she heard four or five pops in quick succession — “like you pop a paper bag.”
She and others who live on the street, which is lined with brick duplex homes, said they could not recall any other shootings in the area.
Ms. DiGirolamo, who has been on the block since 1998, said she did not realize she might have heard gunfire until the police and paramedics arrived with sirens blaring. When she stepped outside, she saw a woman on a stretcher being wheeled into an ambulance.
There was “no life in this person,” she said.
Ashley Southall and Sean Piccoli contributed reporting.
Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/13/nyregion/nypd-officer-women-shot.html254