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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.

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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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patandconrad February 27 2014 at 4:13 PM

God Bless the NYPD and those that serve.

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jdonoh4 February 27 2014 at 6:19 PM

Don't ever forget what happened in Boston on 4/15/13. Ordinary people became heros by saving lives instead of running for their lives. I salute each and everyone of you!!!!!!

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jandkkelly February 27 2014 at 6:24 PM

These women deserve to be credited with saving the officer's life. Their training as NYFD EMTs no doubt played a key role. They were off duty, in plain clothes, and could have kept walking and not have gotten involved. Instead, they did the right and humane thing, offering their medical expertise to the fallen officer. NYC is second to none when it comes to the training of its Police, Fire and Emergency Personnel. I am proud of these women and of the officers who were involved in this case. I wish a speedy and full recovery to Officer Li, who graduated in the same class as my nephew, last December.

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jxn55 February 27 2014 at 6:28 PM

There actions far transcend all the turmoil in our society. Its a feel good story, something in short supply today. These two veteran EMT I am sure took quick control of a very bad situation. There is hope for a society that is in a state of decay, knowing angels such as these two fine ladies are amongst us. Hey Justin, Miley, Kim, and all you other ingrates, take note of this !!!

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issfwwg February 27 2014 at 6:32 PM

What mavelous, strong women!

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cdub340 February 27 2014 at 6:57 PM

Sure is different that Washington D.C. where they have to wait for a call from dispatch to render aid. Good job, ladies.

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sstuczynsk February 27 2014 at 6:59 PM

Good for the EMT's. The city should be proud!

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bgatlake February 27 2014 at 7:02 PM

thank goodness these wonderful ladies were there.

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RICH February 27 2014 at 7:11 PM

Thank God that those two ladies were there and helped save that officer. There's a special place in heaven for both of them

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zk9812zk February 27 2014 at 7:29 PM

@ really good people , these 2 ladies should be well taken care of by the City of New York We need more people that aren't afraid to get involved

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