A city police officer who was shot Tuesday in a gun battle with a man wanted for attempted murder is back home with his family.
Dozens of officers applauded Detective Kevin Herlihy, 47, as he was released from Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital Wednesday morning.
He was shot in the arm Tuesday while exchanging gunfire with Michael McBride, 52, inside the A, C, B, D station at 145th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue.
Police had been trying to apprehend McBride in connection with a shooting in Queens Monday.
During the chase, investigators say McBride fired several times, hitting Detective Herlihy in the arm.
Herlihy returned fire, killing McBride.
"I just want to get home to see my wife and wish her a happy Valentine's Day," Herlihy told reporters.
"He knows that he's really lucky. He's anxious just to get home to his family. I think he's anxious to get back to work as well," said Detectives Endowment Association President Michael Palladino.
Police say McBride shot his ex-girlfriend's 25-year-old daughter in the head in an apartment in Rockaway Beach.
She remains in critical condition.
Officials said Herlihy and his team refused to let a dangerous suspect escape.
"This was an example of teamwork, outstanding police work and combined sophisticated tracking efforts and something much harder to quantify, and that is good old-fashioned courage," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Herlihy has been with the department for 21 years.
Tuesday's shooting 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 New York City Police Department has also seen several recent fatal shootings by officers.
Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot by an officer inside 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.