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NY Officers Wounded in Shooting: Surviving Was a ‘Miracle'

The two New York City police officers shot at point-blank range while patrolling a Bronx housing project stairwell are speaking for the first time about the harrowing moments before and after the shooting in an exclusive interview with NBC 4 New York, saying it's a miracle they survived. 

"I can’t believe I am sitting here today. It really is nothing short of a miracle," said Officer Patrick Espeut, who was shot in the face.

Espeut and his partner, Diara Cruz, along with a third officer, were conducting a vertical patrol inside the Melrose Houses on Feb. 3 when they encountered the gunman and began questioning him. 

The man fired in an instant.

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