NYPD Officer James Li leaving Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn after being shot last Wednesday.
Photo credit: Courtesy of The New York Post/Brigitte Stelzer
The rookie officer who survived a shooting allegedly by a cop-hating fugitive was released from the hospital on Friday.
Officer James Li, 26, was flanked by family and fellow members of the NYPD as he was wheeled out of Kings County Hospital around 1:15 p.m.
Two days earlier, he became the first member of the department shot this year after he and his partner caught Rashaun Robinson, 28, and a pal boarding a bus without paying, officials said.
Robinson was wanted on a drug warrant out of Pennsylvania and fled, before allegedly opening fire on Li and his partner. Li suffered three gunshot wounds to the legs.
The officer looked tired but alert and remained expressionless as he was taken to a Chevrolet Impala driven by a plain-clothes officer. On his lap was a foot-tall teddy bear that looked even worse — with bandages on his head, leg, arm and forehead.
About a dozen cops saluted Li and applauded as he left the hospital — around the same time that the two off-duty EMTs who helped save his life were honored during a promotions ceremony at One Police Plaza.
“We will forever be grateful to EMTs Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall for the unselfish and caring aid that they lent to Police Officer James Li,” said PBA President Patrick Lynch.
The two women had just walked out of White Castle near Utica Avenue and Empire Boulevard in Flatbush, around 5 p.m., when Robinson allegedly fired a Smith & Wesson 457 at close range and wounded the cop, who left the police academy and hit the streets just a few weeks ago.
The EMTs raced to Li’s aid and reassured him that he would survive.
“They are the embodiment of all that is good about New York City and I would be proud to work a sector with them at any time,” Lynch added.
The women received awards noting their heroic actions off-the-clock.
“On behalf of 50,000 active and retired New York City police officers, I say a heartfelt ‘Thank you.’”
Republished with permission of The New York Post