Dominick Libretti, a 10-year veteran of the NYPD, who was shot in the leg Jan. 20, was discharged Monday from Staten Island University Hospital to the applause and cheers of his colleagues and hospital staff, a video posted by the police department shows.
The narcotics detective was searching the home of Anthony Marshall, 40, last month when he suffered a “possibly career-ending” gunshot by Marshall’s roommate, Nelson Pizarro, 39, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said during a press conference the day of the shooting.
The warrant was issued by the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office as part of a long-term drug investigation, authorities said.
11 days ago, Detective Libretti was shot while conducting a search warrant on Staten Island. Today, with the help of a great team of doctors & nurses from Staten Island University Hospital, & the cheers from his fellow officers, he left the hospital & is on the road to recovery. pic.twitter.com/Y6I7PFTYkx
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) February 1, 2022
Pizarro has seven previous convictions in New York, including aggravated license, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and reckless endangerment, officials said.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who also spoke at the Jan. 20 press conference, highlighted the bravery of New York law enforcement officers after three officers were shot in January.
Officer Kaseem Pennant, 27, was shot in the right leg on Jan. 18, during an altercation with a 16-year-old suspect. He subsequently recovered and was released from St. Barnabas Hospital the following morning, officials said.
“These deadly illegal guns, no, no neighborhoods,” the commissioner continued. “It’s officers we witnessed today that I am sincerely grateful to for their bravery, their courage and their willingness to continue to make every effort to keep this city safe. And they need and deserve the support to do it.”