Police nab suspects in shooting of two NYPD officers, both who live in North Rockland

BY JERRY DEMARCO 
Cliffviewpilot.com

A 24-year-old Bronx man considered the primary suspect and a 28-year-old parolee were charged in the shooting of two plainclothes NYPD officers Monday night.

Jason Polanco, who records show has a criminal history, was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a police officer, robbery and carjacking after detectives grabbed him as he got off a No. 6 train off E. Tremont Avenue in the Westchester Square section of the Bronx, about four miles from the shooting scene, just before 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.

No fewer than 10 tipsters led detectives to him, authorities confirmed.

Also in custody on robbery charges was Joshua Kemp, who police said went to New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital last night with a gunshot wound caused by Polanco. The bullet went through his biceps and struck an officer, authorities said.

The NYPD released video this morning of a man they said is Polanco shooting at a quintet of 46th Precinct officers investigating an armed robbery at a deli on E. 180 St. near Webster Avenue as they frisked Kemp outside a Chinese restaurant several blocks away.

Officer Andrew Dossi, 30,  of Stony Point, was struck in the arm and back, and nine-year veteran Officer Aliro Pellerano, 38, of Garnerville, N.Y., in the arm and abdomen, the NYPD said. Both were reportedly doing fine this afternoon.

The 46th Precinct anti-crime officers were among five whose shifts had just ended when they rushed to the robbery call around 10:30 p.m., New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said.

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