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Men wanted for shooting an NYPD traffic officer in the face with a fire extinguisher

A group of men pulled up next to an NYPD traffic enforcement officer in Manhattan and shot him in the face with a fire extinguisher, police said Monday.

The trio was in a gray sedan when they approached the 43-year-old traffic officer, who was sitting in a marked NYPD vehicle near the corner of Saint Nicholas Ave., around 6:50 a.m. Thursday. and W. 118th St. in Harlem. officers said.

A video posted to social media shows the men slowly driving up to the driver’s side of the car the officer was sitting in.

“Yo,” says a threat from the front passenger seat to get the officer’s attention.

The NYPD has released photos of a group of men spraying an NYPD traffic enforcement officer with a fire extinguisher.  (NYPD)
The NYPD has released photos of a group of men spraying an NYPD traffic enforcement officer with a fire extinguisher. (NYPD)

The man then fired the fire extinguisher and shot the officer in the face, as a backseat passenger recorded.

The men then ran away laughing maniacally, the video shows.

Medics transported the traffic officer to Mount Sinai Morningside in stable condition.

Police on Monday identified Escarlin Polanco Gonzalez, 19, as one of the men involved in the attack.

They asked anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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