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Off-duty NYPD cop shot responding to domestic incident in Jamaica

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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 12:11 pm | Updated: 4:03 pm, Mon Jun 17, 2013.

An off-duty NYPD officer received a gunshot wound to his hand Sunday when he came to the assistance of a woman who was allegedly being assaulted in a domestic violence incident in Jamaica.

Police in the 103rd Precinct said Officer Joseph Koch was leaving a party at about 10 p.m. when he saw an 11-year-old child run from a residence at 144-22 South Road calling for help, claiming his mother was being assaulted inside.

Koch went to the residence and had entered with his weapon drawn when he allegedly was attacked by Jose Bernazard, 40, who reached for the officer’s gun.

In the ensuing struggle, Koch was shot in his left hand, while Bernazard was shot once in the lower abdomen.

No one else was struck.

Koch, Bernazard and the victim of the alleged domestic violence attack who suffered a head laceration, all were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where they were reported in stable condition on Monday morning.

Police said Bernazard has been charged with five counts each of assault and criminal contempt, plus single counts of aggravated harrassment, burglary, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest.

The incident remains under investigation.

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