Officer shot in the Bronx identified as six-year veteran Daniel Vargas

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The police officer shot while chasing a man in the Bronx was identified by police sources early Wednesday. 

Officer Daniel Vargas, 31, a six-year veteran assigned to the department’s gun violence suppression division, was struck in the back near Lafayette Avenue and White Plains Road in Soundview around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, police and sources said. 

He and three fellow officers were driving near the intersection when the 24-year-old suspect — who is known to the department — fled after he realized they had spotted him, the sources said.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said he believed the officer fired one round during the chase, and the suspect fired four “in the course of seconds.”

Vargas was wearing a protective vest, but was struck just underneath it, according to Shea. He remained at Jacobi Medical Center in stable condition Wednesday morning. 

He is expected to make a full recovery, Shea said. 

Vargas’ current division within the NYPD is focused on getting guns off the city streets. 

He worked as a housing cop before he was moved to his current unit, a police source said. His duties included patrolling the Clason Point Gardens houses across the street from the 43rd Precinct, according to the source. 

“A cop shot and injured tonight in the Bronx as he and fellow officers searched for armed criminals should be the wake up call our elected officials need to start backing the police,”  Detectives’ Endowment Association president Paul DiGiacomo said in a statement. “Our men and women in blue put it all on the line for every New Yorker. They need support! We’re thankful our @NYCPBA brother will recover from his serious injuries. Our prayers are with him.”

The suspect in the shooting remained in custody at the precinct late Wednesday morning. Charges were pending.

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