NYPD Officer Shot in the Head by Random Bullet While Sleeping in His Car Between New Year’s Shifts Outside Harlem Precinct

The scene where a police officer was shot inside a car outside the 25th Precinct stationhouse in Harlem on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022. (Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News)

An NYPD officer catching a nap in his car between two New Year’s shifts took a random bullet to the head outside a Harlem precinct house early Saturday, authorities said.

The officer awoke in the parking lot outside the 25th Precinct stationhouse to find the window of his personal vehicle shattered and blood dripping from a painful head wound, police said. He was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where a bullet fragment was removed from his fractured skull, authorities said.

He was expected to make a full recovery from the bizarre shooting, as the closed window absorbed most of the impact. New Mayor Eric Adams, in his first day on the job, promised to rein in the citywide gun violence under his administration.

“This is not going to be a city of disorder, this is not going to be a city of violence,” said the ex-NYPD captain. “This city is returning from the violent past to a place that is safe to raise our children and families.”

According to NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig, the officer was awakened around 6:15 a.m. by rain coming through the broken glass and quickly felt the pain in his head. When the cop got out of the car, he and a sergeant found the deformed bullet.

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SOURCE: New York Daily News, Michael Elsen-Rooney, Rocco Parascandola, Thomas Tracy, and Larry McShane