NYC cop wounded by bullet to be released from hospital

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An off-duty NYPD cop who was hit by bullet fragments when a slug shattered his car window is set to be released from the hospital Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Mayor Eric Adams is set to attend the walk-out, according to his office.

The injured Harlem cop, who was identified by police sources as Keith Wagenhauser, 33, required surgery to remove the fragments from his skull Saturday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Wagenhauser had finished a New Year’s Eve shift and was reclining in the driver’s seat of his car outside Manhattan’s 25th Precinct station house early Saturday before a scheduled day tour when the bullet shattered his rear passenger window. Fragments of the bullets ended up lodged in his skull.

Keith Wagenhauser, 33, was reclining in his car outside Manhattan's 25th Precinct when he was shot.
Keith Wagenhauser, 33, was reclining in his car outside Manhattan’s 25th Precinct when he was shot.
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Cops had to work extra hours over the holiday weekend after regular days off were canceled because of staffing shortages attributed to COVID-19.

Keith Wagenhauser had finished a New Year’s Eve shift and was reclining in his car when a bullet shattered the back passenger window and then fragmented into his skull.
Keith Wagenhauser had finished a New Year’s Eve shift and was reclining in his car when a bullet shattered the back passenger window and then fragmented into his skull.
Robert Miller for NY Post
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell has said it isn't clear if the cop was the shooter's intended target.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell has said it isn’t clear if the cop was the shooter’s intended target.
Robert Miller

The cop was awakened by the sound of his rear window shattering and pain to his head, authorities said.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell has said it isn’t clear if the cop was the shooter’s intended target.

“It’s hard to tell who the intended target was if any, but let me say this – there are no stray bullets,” Sewell said  “There is someone firing that weapon and we are trying to locate that person.”

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information in connection with the case. Tipsters are advised to call 1-800-COP-SHOT.

NYC mayor Eric Adams is set to attend the walk out according to his office.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams is set to attend the walk-out according to his office.
Kevin C. Downs for The New York Post