Updated 01/03/2013 11:36 PM
Off-Duty Officer Expected To Survive After Being Shot In Bronx
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An off-duty police officer is in the hospital after being shot in the Olinville section of the Bronx Thursday.
Officer Juan Pichardo. Courtesy NYPD
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Officer Juan Pichardo was shot while off duty at his family's car dealership in Olinville.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the shooting was part of an attempted armed robbery.
According to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, two men entered the dealership at approximately 6:30 p.m. and feigned interest in buying a red Altima as two accomplices waited outside in a getaway car.
Soon after, according to Kelly, one of them produced a Bryco .380 handgun and forced Pichardo and a second employee to the floor of the dealership's back office. The two men then allegedly began to look for cash and a safe throughout the office.
A few minutes after the robbery, according to Kelly, Pichardo grabbed the alleged gunman, who fired and struck Pichardo in the right thigh.
Kelly said that Pichardo and the other employee wrestled the alleged gunman to the ground and held him for responding officers, who arrested him.
His alleged accomplice fled in a white Impala with the two others, according to Kelly. The alleged getaway car was then stopped by police at the corner of 183rd Street and Katonah Avenue, according to Kelly, and the three occupants of the car were arrested.
Pichardo is expected to recover. He's being treated at Jacobi Hospital.