A postal worker was shot and injured as he tried to stop a gunman wearing a bulletproof vest from carjacking an off-duty coworker, police say.
The gunman was trying to steal a Honda from an off-duty postal worker Tuesday afternoon when the second postal worker intervened and was grazed in the arm by a bullet fired by the suspect, according to police.
"The victim, who was driving the mail truck, was struck by a bullet," Inspector Ruel Stephenson of the 47th Precinct said.
After firing at the postal worker, the suspect took off in the Honda and crashed about a block away. He then carjacked a Nissan Pathfinder near 230th Street and opened fire again, this time from the vehicle, police said.
An officer nearby heard the commotion and chased the suspect before subsequently arresting him a short time later.
Police said the 27-year-old suspect is on parole for robbery.
The NYPD was still investigating at the scene Tuesday night. Police tape was lined up around the postal truck, which had a single gunshot through its windshield.
The mail carrier was being treated at an area hospital, where he is expected to make a full recovery.