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Good Samaritans Rush To Help Wounded Cop

Good Samaritans Rush To Help Wounded Cop

When 26-year-old NYPD officer James Li and his partner Randy Chow approached two suspects who jumped in through the back door of an MTA bus, the intersection of Empire Boulevard and Utica Avenue was buzzing with traffic and pedestrians.

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Photo snapped by witness James Zitis

As the officers approached the suspects to get them off the bus, both bolted. After a short chase, one of the suspects "spun around with just about 4 feet between the officers," according to police, and fired multiple shots from a .45 caliber Smith and Wesson, according to a law enforcement source.

Officers Li and Chow returned fire, but Li fell to the ground - he had been shot in both legs. As the suspect took off again, good Samaritans stepped in. In a photo obtained by PIX11 from the scene, two women are seen huddled over Officer Li – in civilian clothing coming to his aide as several blocks away police arrived at 455 Schenectady Avenue.

The two women happened to be off-duty FDNY EMTs Khadijah Hall and Shaun Alexander from Station 58 in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Hall and Alexander gave officer Li first aid as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

FDNY EMTs help shot cop

FDNY EMTs Khadijah Hall (left) and Shaun Alexander (right) jumped into action, providing first aid for the wounded cop.

Bystanders who saw one suspect race into a building got the attention of officers and led them to it. Entering the building they ascended the stairs, and on the 5th floor would encounter Rashaun Robinson – with a .45 Smith and Wesson in his waistband. Police would later learn of an active warrant for a narcotics charge against the 28-year-old.

Officer Li was brought to Kings County Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries which he is expected to survive. Both he and Officer Chow are graduates of the most recent police academy class in December.

Li is the first NYPD officer to be shot in 2014.

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frankc354 February 28 2014 at 6:39 AM

It's pride in what you do. The officers took pride in getting those wrong doers, and the 2 ladies took pride in what they do coming to the aid of a wounded officer,and that is why i am proud to be AMERICAN !!!!

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dfxd February 28 2014 at 6:30 AM

there was a time when if you shot a cop, the public didn't have to worry about an expensive trial-
sometimes they really are the good old days.

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s_hasting February 28 2014 at 6:19 AM

There are some that do their jobs and go home for the night, and if they see something ignore it. I commend Ms. Khadijah Hall and Ms. Shaun Alexander. You ladies were Angels for this fallen officer. I wish to commend you on a Job well done, but for being the caring compassionate ladies that you are. Well Done Ladies. You have done Your City proud, but more then that.. I'm sure this officer's family and the Thick Blue Line of his fellow Brothers feel you saved his life. May you always have The Best in your Life, for the life that you saved. If I could, I would hug you both, I am just so Proud of Both of you. You Stand for What America Means. Bravo Bravo Bravo. You are Officer Li's is very lucky you were there and would be willing to help out. Stand Tall, Stand Proud, Both of You ladies are a Hero to this young Officer.

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pinchstuff February 28 2014 at 5:50 AM

I thought Bloomberg eliminated crime and NY is the safest city. Li may be the first cop shot this year, but he is far from the first person shot in NY this year, and probably the not the first that day. If you get shot in Brooklyn and are ambulanced out of the 5 boroughs, it statistically is not counted as a NY shooting. Just like two 16 ounce sodas is not the same as a 32 ounce soda. New math is not good for society, it only works for those who run it.....

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OneLove February 28 2014 at 5:18 AM

Why was the perp walking after he was found ?

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Deena Greenbaum February 28 2014 at 5:06 AM

Without police we would have chaos, and rampant crime. Sure, nothing is perfect, but I thank God we have these men in blue to help us out . Every group (teachers, doctors, police, etc.) has a few rotten apples. As a whole the apples are great. Have a speedy recovery. Thank you officer.

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pat February 28 2014 at 6:18 AM

And god bless his fellow citizens who stepped in to assist in his dire moments.

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truck427 February 28 2014 at 5:03 AM

always expect the unexpected and count on nothing!

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carnationofpink February 28 2014 at 5:02 AM

The sad thing is, if it would have been white people helping the officer the story never would have been published. Since it was 2 black people, and 2 females of course it got national attention.

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Grego February 28 2014 at 5:50 AM

they say theres an a-hole in every group. and there you are !!!

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seawitch1313 February 28 2014 at 6:24 AM

UGH! When are people going to stop this BS?! It was 2 off duty paramedics that helped a cop....black, white, purple, or green, who gives a rats ass hair what color they were? good for them! End of story sheesh!

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jtrulyfree February 28 2014 at 4:46 AM

It is good to see others helping the police in a time of need.

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topfuel300 February 28 2014 at 3:46 AM

should have left the cop to bleed out as thats the way they treat AMERICANS

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jeff February 28 2014 at 4:56 AM

Sure... All cops are exactly the same. Keep telling yourself that when a police officer needs to save your stupid ass.

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Deena Greenbaum February 28 2014 at 5:01 AM

I totally agree.

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