A man wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting of an off-duty Bronx police officer surrendered to authorities, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday.
Kelly told reporters 20-year-old Jason Leiva was in custody shortly after he promoted Officer Ivan Marcano from his hospital bed. Marcano was off duty and wearing plainclothes when he was driving with his girlfriend in the Bronx Wednesday evening and interrupted an apparent robbery attempt.
He stepped out of his vehicle and one of the suspects involved in the robbery fired a gun, wounding Marcano. The suspects fled. Marcano jumped back into his car and as his girlfriend tried to rush him to the hospital she beeped the horn multiple times, causing a livery cab in front of her to lurch forward into a white Mustang and push that Mustang, which was the suspects' vehicle, onto the sidewalk.
The suspects started to run. Marcano got back out of his car with a weapon and, while applying pressure to his wound, managed to shoot one of them in the head, killing him. Marcano had surgery to remove the bullet in his chest and is recovering.
Leiva's role in the incident was not immediately clear.