STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Police say an NYPD detective is recovering and a suspect has been taken into custody after shots were fired inside a Staten Island home early Thursday morning.

The incident took place at 6 a.m. at 82 Rockne St. in Heartland Village, officials said.

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the detective was part of a unit who was serving a search and arrest warrant inside the semi-attached home.

Investigators say it stemmed from a long-term narcotics investigation.

Police say officers entered the home and made their way up to the second floor where they were shot at from another bedroom down the hallway.

One round hit the detective in the right leg, according to police.

They say he then used his ballistic shield to prevent the other officers from getting hit.

Investigators say multiple officers then returned fire at the 39-year-old gunman, hitting him in the right inner leg.

The detective was taken to Staten Island University Hospital in stable condition.

The suspect, Nelson Pizarro, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assault on a police officer, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Both Sewell and Detectives' Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo reiterated the danger department members face on a daily basis, noting in the first 20 days of this year, three NYPD officers have been shot.

"It's officers like we witnessed today that I am sincerely grateful to — for their bravery, their courage and their willingness to continue to make every effort to keep this city safe. And they need and deserve the support to do it," Sewell said.

"I'm calling on the governor, the Senate leader and the Assembly leader to fix the laws that they broke to keep the people of this city safe," said DiGiacomo. "We have two police officers that were shot and one detective in the last 20 days. We have an 11-month-old child struck by a stray bullet and multiple shootings throughout the whole city of New York. What else does it take to change the laws that you broke? They need to be fixed."

Police say the gunman has multiple prior arrests in New York and other states.

A 40-year-old male who police were serving the arrest warrant for and two other females were also taken into custody at the scene, police say.

Investigators say a 9mm gun was recovered at the scene.

An investigation is ongoing.


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