NYPD Officer Shot in Miami Fights for His Life

Officer involved in South Beach shootout in medically induced coma

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    More than a dozen bullet holes mark the corridor where a New York City police officer was shot around 7 a.m. Sunday morning. The shooting closed a block of Collins Avenue all day, while the injured man has reportedly undergone surgery. (Published Sunday, Jul 24, 2011)

    An NYPD detective who was shot Saturday during a confrontation in South Beach was in intensive care Monday but friends say his condition is improving.

    Detective Harold Thomas, 48, was in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital, surrounded by family, friends and coworkers who traveled to Miami to be at his side.

    Detective Joseph Cusanelli said Thomas was doing better just two days after he was shot during what was believed to be an attempted robbery.

    Thomas was shot around 7 a.m. Saturday in the outdoor corridor of the 123 Lofts at 1288 Collins Avenue, where he was staying.

    Several rounds were fired and Miami Beach Police believe that Thomas may have fired at least one shot from his own gun.

    Thomas has 27 years on the force, a first-grade detective badge, and a spot on the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

    Cusanelli described Thomas as a "great guy and a good gentleman," and said he was "confident and eager for Miami Beach Police to catch the suspect or suspects."

    An Orthodox rabbi chaplain for Miami Beach Police said he prayed with Thomas Monday morning. He said the tough cop was conscious and had his eyes open and even tried to mumble "amen" even though he had a tube in his throat.

    "He was speaking with his eyes," Rabbi P.A. Weberman said.

    Police are still investigating the incident. So far no arrests have been made.