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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

NEW YORK CITY, OR THE WILD WEST?  FROM THE NEW YORK POST:   An NYPD cop was shot in the arm Tuesday night during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect who was freed ahead of a sentencing date connected to a past gun bust.  The shootout unfolded after Officer Dennis Vargas, who works for the Bronx Borough public safety team, and his partner spotted the suspect walking near 3rd Avenue and Claremont Parkway at around 10:45 p.m., according to Chief of Detectives James Essig.  After Vargas, 32, and his partner, who were in uniform, exited their unmarked car, the suspect, identified as Rameek Smith, 25, fled on foot, officials said.  The two cops gave chase and after a block-and-a-half pursuit, Smith turned around on Bathgate Avenue and allegedly fired two shots at the cops, striking Vargas. The officers returned fire, hitting Smith in the head, police and sources said.  Sources said Smith was initially stopped because it appeared he was carrying a weapon.  A 9mm Glock that was reported stolen out of Virginia last June was recovered from the shooting scene, Essig said at a Wednesday morning press conference.  A daily occurrence in very woke New York City.  Not long ago, under the Republican leadership of Rudy Giuliani, New York was the safest large city in the United States.  No more. 

May 10, 2022