Cop, suspect shot on Staten Island during drug bust


An NYPD detective and a suspect were shot on Staten Island during a drug bust, according to police sources and officials.
Police were executing a search warrant at an address on Rockne Street between Ellwood Avenue and Villa Nova Street in Heartland Village around 6 a.m. when Nelson Pizarro, 39, apparently fired through a bedroom door, striking narcotics Detective Dominick Libretti in the right leg, authorities and sources said.
Cops fired back at Pizarro — who was not the target of the warrant — hitting him in the leg, according to the sources.
A tourniquet was used on Libretti, and he was taken to Staten Island University North Hospital in stable condition, according to cops and the sources.
He was described as “conscious and alert,” the sources said.
“One NYPD detective was shot, and is in hospital. We pray for him,” Detectives Endowment Association president Paul DiGiacomo said. “Unless we get the help we need to get the guns off our streets, and keep repeat offenders in jail, gunmen will continue to rule our city.”
Pizarro, who also goes by the nickname Pizz, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police sources said.
He has eight prior arrests — the last two in 2016 for reckless endangerment and driving with multiple suspensions on his license, the sources said.
The others were drug busts with one gun charge back in 2004, according to the sources.
The incident comes two days after both a cop and a suspect were shot in the Bronx, suffering non-life-threatening injuries.


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