A gunman was killed and a detective injured Tuesday after the two exchanged fire in the subway station at St. Nicholas Avenue and West 145th Street in Manhattan.
Detective Herlihy, an 18-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery.
According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who joined Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for a press conference at the hospital in response to the incident, Herlihy was tracking the gunman, Michael McBride, on the street just after 4 p.m.
McBride, 52, apparently noticed that he was being pursued, attempted to run into the subway station at 145th Street, and shot at Herlihy with his .22 caliber revolver, striking him in the arm.
Herlihy returned fire, killing McBride.
At least 16 shots rang out in total.
“This was an example of teamwork, outstanding police work, and combined sophisticated tracking methods and something much harder to quantify, and that is good old fashioned courage,” said Kelly.
The gunman was wanted for allegedly shooting his girlfriend's 25-year-old daughter in the head following a dispute in her Queens apartment yesterday.
She remains in "very critical condition," according to Kelly, at North Shore University Hospital.
Kelly said McBride has an extensive arrest history, while Bloomberg noted that he had obtained his gun illegally. From that conclusion, the mayor connected Tuesday's incident to several recent police-involved shootings.
“The three shooters have at least one thing in common, and that is that they possessed their guns illegally, and that is true of nearly every shooting that occurs in our city," said Bloomberg.
The mayor, who turned 70 Tuesday, later added, "My one birthday wish beyond a full recovery for Detective Herlihy would be for every member of Congress to join me here today and look into the eyes of Detective Herlihy and his wife Adrienne and explain why Washington isn’t doing more to prevent shootings like this from happening."
Witnesses to Tuesday's shooting say the area was very crowded and that people were running for their lives.
“I ran downstairs, and this is what I see. Other than that, I see some people running, I don’t know how they were. I don’t know they were the guys that did the shooting or what,” said witness.
As Bloomberg noted during the press conference, Tuesday’s incident comes on the heels of several other recent police-involved shootings.
Detective Peter Figoski was shot and killed on December 12 when he and his partner responded to a drug robbery in Cypress Hills.
Lamont Pride faces first-degree murder charges, and four other defendants are facing second-degree murder charges.
Two weeks ago, Officer Kevin Brennan was shot in the base of the skull while chasing a suspect at the Bushwick Houses.
Ten days later, he was released from the hospital after what doctors say was a miraculous recovery.
Luis Ortiz, 21, is charged with attempted murder.
The NYPD has also seen several recent fatal shootings by police officers.
Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot by an officer in his Bronx home earlier this month.
He was unarmed.
On January 30, Antwain White, 17, was shot and killed by an off-duty detective in Brooklyn, who he and another man were allegedly trying to rob.
And on January 26, a police officer killed Christopher Kissane, 22, in a shootout after an alleged car-jacking in Brooklyn.