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Career Criminal Accused Of Shooting NYPD Officer Had Pending Gun Case At Time Of Attack

Bronx, NY – The gunman accused of shooting a New York police officer with a stolen gun in the Bronx on Tuesday night had an extensive criminal history and was awaiting sentencing on another gun charge at the time of the attack.

The shooting occurred near Claremont Parkway and Bathgate Avenue at approximately 10:45 p.m. on May 10, WNYW reported.

New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Dennis Vargas and his partner were in an unmarked vehicle working for the agency’s public safety team when they allegedly spotted 25-year-old Rameek Smith carrying a weapon, according to the New York Post.

Police said Smith took off on foot as Officer Vargas approached him, then turned and shot at him twice, WNYW reported.

Despite having two bullet wounds in his left arm, Officer Vargas was able to return fire, shooting Smith in the head.

Smith was transported to St. Barnabas Medical Center, where

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