One of two wounded NYPD officers to leave hospital after shooting

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CORRECTS ID OF MAN AT RIGHT TO NYPD CHIEF OF DETECTIVES ROBERT BOYCE, NOT JAMES O'NEILL - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio listens as New York City Police First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker speaks at a hastily called press conference at Lincoln Hospital, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York after two New York City police officers were shot in a public housing complex int he Bronx by an armed suspect who apparently turned the weapon on himself not far from where de Blasio was delivering his state of the city address Thursday evening. New York City Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, listens, right. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York City Police First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker speaks at a hastily called press conference at Lincoln Hospital, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York after two New York City police officers were shot in a public housing complex by an armed suspect (Associated Press)

The latest on two NYPD officers shot and wounded while patrolling stairwell of a public housing project (all times local):

12:21

One of the officers shot while patrolling a New York public housing complex will be released from the hospital.

Officer Patrick Espeut was struck in the cheek. Authorities say he will be go home Friday afternoon.

Police say three officers encountered two people in a stairwell Thursday night when one of them pulled a gun and opened fire. Two officers were struck. Police say the shooter fled into an apartment where officers found him dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities say 23-year-old Malik Chavis had at least 16 prior arrests and told witnesses he didn’t want to go back to jail.

The other injured officer, Diara Cruz, remains hospitalized with a torso wound.

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9 a.m.

Authorities have confirmed the identities of the two police officers shot and wounded while patrolling a New York housing project as Officers Patrick Espeut, 29, and Diara Cruz, 24.

The officers are listed in stable condition Friday. Espeut was hit in the cheek. Cruz was shot in the abdomen.

Police say the officers encountered two people in a stairwell Thursday night when one of them pulled a gun and opened fire. Both officers were struck. Police say the shooter fled into an apartment where officers found him dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officials have confirmed he has been identified as 23-year-old Malik Chavis.

A second person who encountered the officers in the stairwell was taken into custody,

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