2 NY police officers shot, in stable condition

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Two NYPD Officers Shot, Suspect Dead

(Reuters) - Two New York police officers were shot on Thursday at a public housing project and are in a stable condition, and one suspect is dead, authorities said.

Three Housing Authority officers were patrolling stairwells at the Melrose Houses in the Bronx when they ran into two men. One of them pulled out a gun and opened fire, officials said at a news conference.

One of the officers was grazed in the head and the other was hit in the leg, WCBS radio said. They were transported to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 4: New York Police Officers stand guard near the scene of a shooting on February 4, 2016 in the Bronx in New York City. Two NYPD officers were shot on Thursday night while patrolling at a public housing complex in the Bronx, Both officers were in stable condition and alert, Police informed. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 4: New York Police Officers secure the area near the scene of a shooting in a building on February 4, 2016 in the Bronx in New York City. Two NYPD officers were shot on Thursday night while patrolling at a public housing complex in the Bronx, Both officers were in stable condition and alert, Police informed. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 4: New York Police Officers arrive to the scene of a shooting on February 4, 2016 in the Bronx in New York City. Two NYPD officers were shot on Thursday night while patrolling at a public housing complex in the Bronx, Both officers were in stable condition and alert, Police informed. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
Emergency officials gather near the site where two police officers were shot in the Bronx section of New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Two police officers were shot while on patrol in a public housing project on Thursday night and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and a suspect was in custody, authorities said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 4: New York Police Officers exits a building after a shooting on February 4, 2016 in the Bronx in New York City. Two NYPD officers were shot on Thursday night while patrolling at a public housing complex in the Bronx, Both officers were in stable condition and alert, Police informed. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 4: New York Police Officers arrive to the scene of a shooting in a building on February 4, 2016 in the Bronx in New York City. Two NYPD officers were shot on Thursday night while patrolling at a public housing complex in the Bronx, Both officers were in stable condition and alert, Police informed. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
Emergency officials gather near the site where two police officers were shot in the Bronx section of New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Two police officers were shot while on patrol in a public housing project on Thursday night and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and a suspect was in custody, authorities said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 4: Residents stand near the scene of a shooting on February 4, 2016 in the Bronx in New York City. Two NYPD officers were shot on Thursday night while patrolling at a public housing complex in the Bronx, Both officers were in stable condition and alert, Police informed. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
Police officers walk near the site where two police officers were shot at the Melrose Houses in the Bronx section of New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Two police officers were shot while on patrol in a public housing project on Thursday night and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and a suspect was in custody, authorities said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A NYPD helicopter patrol over a building after a shooting on February 4, 2016 in the Bronx in New York City. Two NYPD officers were shot on Thursday night while patrolling at a public housing complex in the Bronx, Both officers were in stable condition and alert, Police informed.(Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
Emergency officials gather near the site where two police officers were shot in the Bronx section of New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Two police officers were shot while on patrol in a public housing project on Thursday night and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and a suspect was in custody, authorities said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Emergency officials gather near the site where two police officers were shot in the Bronx section of New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Two police officers were shot while on patrol in a public housing project on Thursday night and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and a suspect was in custody, authorities said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Emergency officials gather near the site where two police officers were shot in the Bronx section of New York, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Two police officers were shot while on patrol in a public housing project on Thursday night and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and a suspect was in custody, authorities said. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 4: Residents stand near the scene of a shooting on February 4, 2016 in the Bronx in New York City. Two NYPD officers were shot on Thursday night while patrolling at a public housing complex in the Bronx, Both officers were in stable condition and alert, Police informed. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, is escorted by New York City Police Department Chief of Department James P. O'Neill, into the emergency wing at Lincoln Hospital Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, after two New York City Police officers were shot in a public housing project in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, speaks at Lincoln Hospital, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York after two police officers were shot in a public housing project in the Bronx by an armed suspect who apparently turned the weapon on himself not far from where Mayor Bill de Blasio was delivering his state of the city address Thursday evening. New York City Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, listens, right. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that both officers were alert and communicating.

"Our hearts and our prayers are with their families," said de Blasio, who was giving his State of the City speech at Lehman College about five blocks away.

Officials said the third officer chased the gunman into an apartment where he was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. Police said several suspects were in custody and a handgun and a shotgun were recovered inside the apartment.

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