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Suspected bodega bandit busted after shootout with NYPD cops

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A Bronx bodega bandit robbed at least four stores Tuesday morning before getting into a shootout with police, officials said.

Cops were on the hunt for the robber when they approached a man at Fox Avenue and 163rd Street, Chief Kenneth Lehr, commander of NYPD Patrol Borough Bronx, said at a press conference.

“As they approached that individual, he produced a firearm and fired one round at the officers,” Lehr said. 

“One of our officers returned three shots at that individual. The individual took off and during the course of his flight, he fired two additional rounds at our police officers.” 

There were no injuries and the gun was recovered at the scene, he said.

The suspect fired one round at officers before being apprehended.
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The gunman was nabbed about a block and a half away and charges against him were pending.

“It looks like this individual might have been on a spree,” Lehr said. “We’re looking at perhaps four robberies at this point that he may have committed.”

This gun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.
This gun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.
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Police secure a crime scene with caution tape.
Law enforcement secure the crime scene at Fox Avenue and 163rd Street. Police say the suspect may be linked to up to four bodega robberies.
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A shell casing is under these red solo cups at the scene of the shootout.
A shell casing is under these red solo cups at the scene of the shootout.
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The thefts happened at bodegas between 3 a.m. until just after 10 a.m., when the the alleged gunman was caught, cops said.

Three of the delis are on East 163rd Street in the 41st Precinct. The fourth is in the nearby 48th Precinct, officials said. 

The thief got an unknown amount of money from one of the bodegas and was “challenged” by an employee at another, cops said.

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