NEW YORK (PIX11) – It was a wild, nightmare of an hour in two different boroughs Thursday night.
It all began at 6:30 in the Bronx where off-duty officer Juan Pichardo was working at his family’s car dealership when two men walked in pretending to look for a car.
Shortly after, the men pulled out a gun and pushed Pichardo into a back room looking for cash.
Pichardo tried to tackle the gunman but was shot in the leg in the process. The resilient Pichardo somehow got back up, knocked the gunman to the ground and held him there until police arrived.
The second man fled to a getaway car which was later pulled over by police and the three men inside were arrested.
Pichardo was taken to Jacobi hospital where the Mayor and Police Commissioner were called to.
While that was going on, just an hour later at 7:30pm in Brooklyn two officers, Thirty-two year old Lukasz Kozicki and Twenty-seven year old Micael Levy saw a man illegally cross subway cars on the N train.
The two officers approached the man, asked for his identification and that is when things went sour.
The suspect pulled out a gun, and fired inside the subway car hitting Kozicki three times – twice in the leg and once in his groin.
Levay was also hit in his bulletproof vest, but fired back killing the gunman.
Those two officers were taken to Lutheran and are recovering.
To put this all in some kind of perspective – in 2012- a dozen officers were hit by bullets for the entire year.
Three days into 2013 – there are three cops hit , an hour apart in one night.