The NYPD released dramatic surveillance footage Thursday showing a wounded, off-duty police officer—clutching his bloody chest—chasing the robbers who had just shot him…and killing one of them with a gunshot to the head.
27-year old transit cop, Ivan Marcano—a four year veteran—was shot in the chest Wednesday evening, as he left his car to help a man who was being ‘pistol-whipped’ by muggers on Harrison Avenue, in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx. When the officer flashed his shield and identified himself, he was shot by one suspect in the chest.
Marcano got back into his car, which was being driven by his girlfriend, and she started heading for a hospital. That’s when fate intervened.
The surveillance footage shows the officer’s white car getting stuck behind a white Mustang at a traffic light, at the intersection of Harrision and West Burnside Avenues. The Mustang lurches forward, hits a black livery cab, and careens onto the sidewalk. That’s when Officer Marcano is seen leaving his own car, realizing the suspects who shot him just fled the Mustang.
“Holding his left hand over his wound, with his gun in his right hand, Officer Marcano moved to the middle of the street,” Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly, explained, “took cover behind the livery cab, yelled to passersby to ‘get down’, and fired. He moved a second time, still holding a hand over his wound, to the west side of Harrison Avenue, where he took cover behind a parked car and fired another round at the suspects. In a remarkable display of marksmanship and cool under fire, Officer Marcano fired, striking one of the suspects in the head.” That suspect died on the sidewalk, next to the Mustang.
The dead suspect was identified late Thursday afternoon as 18 year old Prince James of the Bronx.
The NYPD also released a photo of 20 year old, Jason Leiva, identifying him as a “person of interest” in the case. Leiva was described as a male Hispanic, 5’8” tall, about 148 pounds.
Officer Marcano underwent surgery Thursday to have the bullet removed from his chest and was expected to make a good recovery. Aldo Valencia, a senior citizen who lives near the crime scene, heard at least eight gunshots last evening. When he heard about Marcano’s heroics, he said, “God bless him! He’s still alive! He’s got guts, this guy.”
PBA President, Patrick Lynch, visited the wounded officer at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Thursday afternoon and talked about the brazen, new criminals not afraid to shoot a cop. A day before Officer Marcano was nearly killed, an on-duty Nassau County police officer, Arthur Lopez, was fatally shot ‘point blank’ in the chest, during a traffic stop on the Queens/Nassau border.
“Right now, they’re not afraid, and they’re trying to kill us,” Lynch said of armed thugs. The union president attributed the daring attitudes to a reduction in the number of police officers on the NYPD force. “We’re down seven thousand police officers,” Lynch said.
Officer Ivan Marcano works in Transit District 12 in the Bronx and has been on the job about four years.