Bronx, NY – A surveillance camera on the front of a precinct house in the Bronx captured the moment a random man walked up and sucker-punched a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer on Tuesday (video below).
The incident occurred at about 3:50 p.m. on Feb. 9 outside the 40th Precinct station house located at Alexander Avenue and East 138th Street, the New York Post reported.
The security video showed two NYPD officers standing in front of the 40th Precinct behind some temporary barricades.
In the video, a man approached the officers as if he wanted to ask a question.
Then he suddenly hauled off and slugged one of the officers, the video showed.
The video showed the officer quickly reacted to defend himself and his partner jumped into the fray immediately.
The second officer restrained the suspect from behind, pulling him away from the officer he was attacking, and then both officers took the man to the ground, the surveillance video showed.
Although the suspect initially resisted, it appeared he started to cooperate once the officers had him face down on the ground, the video showed.
Then a third officer arrived and jumped in to assist them in applying handcuffs to the suspect.
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan posted the surveillance video to Twitter.
“Police work is unpredictable and dangerous as we saw today when a violent criminal assaulted an officer in front of a station house in the #Bronx. Fortunately, our great cops weren’t seriously hurt and they did a tremendous job arresting the man so he can’t hurt any New Yorker,” Chief Monahan tweeted.
Police said that after the suspect was in custody, officers found crack cocaine in his pants pocket, the New York Post reported.
The officer was treated by paramedics at the scene for a bruised and swollen lip he sustained during the attack by the suspect.
Police said the man was arrested and charged with assault, possession of a controlled substance, and harassment, the New York Post reported.
Watch the incident unfold here below. WARNING – Graphic Content:
Police work is unpredictable and dangerous as we saw today when a violent criminal assaulted an officer in front of a station house in the #Bronx. Fortunately, our great cops weren’t seriously hurt and they did a tremendous job arresting the man so he can’t hurt any New Yorker. pic.twitter.com/scgmf7n6K1
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) February 10, 2021