Police accidentally shoot, kill bodega worker

A police officer accidentally shot and killed a

A police officer accidentally shot and killed a Morrissania bodega worker during an overnight armed robbery. (Credit: News 12 The Bronx)

(09/07/12) THE BRONX - A police officer accidentally shot and killed a Morrissania bodega worker during an overnight armed robbery.

According to authorities, three suspects entered Natalie Grocery on East 169th Street at around 2 a.m. Friday, and held the manager and his nephew, who worked at the store, at gunpoint.

Officials say that the employee, 20-year-old Reynaldo Cuevas, broke free and burst out the door, where an officer was positioned with his weapon drawn. The two became entangled and a shot was fired, striking Cuevas in the shoulder.

The NYPD released surveillance video of the incident during a press conference.

One of the suspects surrendered shortly after shots were fired, but a second person wasn't taken into custody until four hours later. The third suspect was found in the basement where police say he tied himself to a pole in an attempt to make it look like he was a hostage.

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