BRONX, N.Y. (CBS) – Andre Sterling, the man wanted for shooting Massachusetts State Trooper John Lennon in the hand last month, was shot and killed by U.S. Marshals in New York City early Friday.
According to CBS New York, two U.S. deputy marshals were attempting to issue a warrant at a home in the Bronx around 5:30 a.m. when gunfire broke out. One was shot in his arm and thigh, the other in his leg. An NYPD detective hurt his leg after he rushed in to help.
Sterling, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene. The marshals and the detective were taken to the hospital and are expected to recover.
A second suspect was taken to the hospital and will survive, according to CBS New York. That person has not been identified yet.
Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said four Massachusetts State Troopers were at the scene as well.
“The Troopers were maintaining a perimeter some distance from the apartment to ensure the safety of the public,” O’Keefe said in statement.
Sterling was wanted for shooting Trooper Lennon on Friday, November 20 around 11:30 p.m. during a traffic stop on Camp Street in Hyannis. The bullet went through Lennon’s hand and was stopped by his protective vest.
Lennon was released from the hospital November 23. He graduated from the State Police Academy in May.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said, “At a time of constant, opportunistic, and absurd anti-police rhetoric, this is today’s reminder of the sacrifices law enforcement officers make every day to keep us safe.”
In the past five years, five police officers have been shot on Cape Cod. “There’s a tremendous uptick in violence towards police officers,” Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson said. “Just by the fact that in the last five years, five police officers on little old Cape Cod have been shot.”
Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon was killed in 2018.
“It’s been a dangerous job for over 100 years,” Frederickson said. “Police officers have been brought into calls for service that you can’t imagine and the ones that seem simple can turn dangerous in a second.”