JAMAICA, NY (PIX11)—Doctors at Jamaica hospital have successfully removed a bullet lodged in the right leg of NYPD Sgt. Craig Bier - the 10th NYPD officer to be shot this year.
This as the police department went public with the identity of the suspected shooter. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly held up a picture of John Thomas, a 24-year-old with a criminal record. A $22,000 reward is being offered in the attempted homicide.
"I have quivers in my stomach," said Betty Bier, the officer's mother as she rushed to the hospital "I couldn't hug him enough." Sgt Bier at just 44 years of age, has earned 65 NYPD metals, 14 for meritorious police duty. His father, also a police officer, was also shot in the line of duty when he was young.
On patrol Wednesday night on 107th avenue and Union Hall street as part of the queens gang unit, he and his partner stopped a man when another bolted down an alley. Ten shots would be exchanged, the gunman firing four that hit Bier in both legs.
Bier is the 10th officer to be shot this year, one more than the last four previous years combined.
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