She called 911 as Officer Marcano jumped out, showed his badge and gun to thugs, when one of them shot him in the chest, according to Kelly.
The two armed robbers and their getaway driver took off in a white Mustang, while a wounded Marcano got back into his car to give chase, according to video released by the NYPD.
The escaping suspects sideswiped a parked vehicle and rear-ended a black livery car before careening onto the sidewalk, video showed.
Suspects got out of the Mustang and the wounded Marcano got out of his car, took cover behind two parked cars and the disabled livery car, according to video.
Marcano appeared to be applying pressure to his wound as he fired on robbers, killing one of them.
“He died on the sidewalk next to the Mustang. Officer Marcano had fired one-handed as he used his other hand to continue to apply pressure to his wound. The suspect’s two accomplices split up, fleeing east and west on Burnside Avenue.”
The bullet that struck Marcano earlier had grazed his left arm and then struck the officer’s chest, just missing his heart, authorities said,
Remarkably, after shooting one of the suspects, Marcano walked up to an ambulance that was coincidentally parked a short distance away, video showed.
“In a great stroke of fortune, Officer Marcano encountered an ambulance that happened to be parked on Burnside Avenue near Harrison,” Kelly said.
“Officer Marcano climbed in and was transported here to Bronx Lebanon Hospital.”
Marcano was the twelfth NYPD cop wounded this year.
Mayor Bloomberg promised that the dead robber’s two pals would be caught.
“We’re going to track down and find these guys,” Bloomberg said.
The mayor praised Marcano’s heroism and was thankful the cop made it out alive.
“If you think about how lucky we are … one of the perps turned and just fired right at ’em, right in the chest,” he said.
“Fortunately, he [Marcano] had turned sideways and the bullet went into his chest, out and back in and stayed in his chest but outside of the bones. It was all in the muscles.”
“It’s sore and who knows how long it’ll take to get back on the job, but no organs were damaged, no bones were broken,” Bloomberg added. “So he’s a very lucky guy.”
Marcano was off the clock, but didn’t think twice about putting his life on the line for the good of innocent New Yorkers, according to Bloomberg.
“Just think — people trying to protect us, [this] police officer wants to go home, puts his life on the line and God was just with him this time,” the mayor said. “The next time God might not be there.”
Source: NY Post