New York City Police Officer James Li is recovering at Kings County Hospital after being shot on Wednesday.
He is listed in stable condition.
The 26 year old Li and his partner, Officer Randy Chow, pulled a pair of suspects off an MTA bus after the officers saw them sneak on board without paying. One of the suspects, 28 year old Rashaun Robinson, began running.
As the officers gave chase at Utica Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Robinson allegedly fired multiple shots. Officer Li was struck in both legs.
Two off-duty EMTs helped Li, while Robinson was captured nearby. A gun was recovered.
"I think for anybody the first time someone turns on you with a gun and starts firing you can imagine what that experience would be like for any human being and any new officer," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "And these officers were outstanding in their response."
Officer Li and his partner are both rookie officers. Li graduated from the police academy in December.
"They've only been on the job for a few months and yet they responded like seasoned veterans," de Blasio said.
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