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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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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