An NYPD cop who was struck by a stray bullet at a department firing range — and unknowingly walked around with the bullet in her thigh for days — says she plans to sue the department for $5 million after the gun-range workers ignored her injuries.
News of her pending suit comes just days after a cop was hit in the neck by a ricocheting bullet at the same Bronx range.
“It crazy that it happened again. What’s next? Officer Andrea Nieves-Santiago told The Post.
Nieves-Santiago, who has three years on the job, was hit by the stray bullet at the Rodman’s Neck police firing range May 7 during her annual qualification exam, according to a notice to sue.
Nieves-Santiago didn’t realize what had happened when she noticed blood beginning to “pool at her feet,” the paperwork says.
When she told the instructor she felt a burning sensation, she was only handed a Band-Aid and ointment, she says. She passed her exam and went home.
Nieves told The Post that when she returned to work the next day, her captain told her, ” ‘You may have a piece of a bullet in you.
” ‘Nieves, you need to go. You definitely need to go to the doctor,’ ” she recalled the superior telling her.
She went to the doctor after the weekend, on May 10, and that’s when it was discovered there was a “bullet lodged in her leg,” court papers say. The slug was removed May 21, documents say.
The court papers accuse the range instructors of filing false paperwork that claimed Nieves had refused medical attention.
“No one thinks of getting shot at the range. I never thought in a million years, and next thing I know, I get ricocheted,” she told The Post.
Her lawyer, John Scola, called on the NYPD to review its current gun-range policies and implement changes to ensure future officers are protected.
“Their failure to do this may the result in an officer losing their life at the range,” he added.
The NYPD did not respond to a Post request for comment Friday.
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