Wounded NYPD cop leaves hospital to cheers from colleagues
A wounded NYPD cop got a hero’s greeting from hundreds of colleagues as he was wheeled out of a Staten Island hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Amir Pali, his right arm in a sling, gave a thumbs-up and waved with his left hand to the scores of well-wishers who clapped and cheered outside Staten Island University Hospital around 3 p.m.
Pali, 26, was followed by his newlywed wife, his parents and medical workers in white coats who also clapped as a fellow cop pushed him along a walkway in a wheelchair and bagpipers played “Scotland the Brave.”
Pali then stood up out of the chair and was helped into a waiting NYPD van.
Pali was accidentally shot during a deadly confrontation with an unhinged drunk who was reported to 911 for standing outside his Staten Island home and screaming on Saturday night.
Faustino Dioso, 50, was fatally shot when he rushed outside, wielding a machete with a 14-inch blade after yelling, “Shoot me! Shoot me!” according to officials and a neighbor who witnessed the incident.
Pali and partner Salvatore Balisteri each fired six rounds, but it was unclear if the bullet that hit Pali was fired by Balisteri or was a ricocheting slug from Pali’s weapon.
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