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Cop shot in foot outside Harlem Hospital

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An NYPD officer was shot in the foot by an emotionally disturbed man as the officer was escorting him into Harlem Hospital for evaluation, according to police.

The NYPD says that officer Fausto Gomez was grazed in the left foot and was expected to make a full recovery.

The handcuffed patient, Guiteau Idore, 42, grabbed another officer's gun and fired two rounds, police said.

No one else was injured.

The NYPD closed off the area at 135th Street and Lenox Avenue as part of the investigation.

Police responded to a call at about 5:45 a.m. on Monday that a person was throwing bottles at 117th St. and Lexingon Ave.

Gomez and Officer John Chiodi responded to the scene and arrested Idore.

He was taken by ambulance to Harlem Hospital but not before he tried to run away, said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Gomez and Chiodi were able to catch up with him. Idore grabbed a gun belonging to Chiodi as they walked beside him into the hospital when he fired two rounds, said Kelly.

EMT Brandon Hernandez who was on the scene wrestled the gun from Idore.

"He racked it, to make it safe, and he did an outstanding job. We understand that EMT Hernandez has aspirations of becoming a New York City Police Officer, and he certainly demonstrated that he has what it takes to do the job," said Kelly.

Idore was taken to Metropolitan Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

The suspect has an extensive rap sheet including assault, menacing and numerous domestic violence incidents, Kelly said.

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