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Two New York City police officers have been shot by a lone gunman as they sat in their patrol car.
The incident occurred in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood of Brooklyn.
According to witnesses, the shooter approached the officers and began firing at them at point-blank range.
The suspect was pursued by officers into a nearby subway station. It's believed he shot himself.
He was taken to Kings County Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. He is believed to have died as a result of his injuries.
Both officers were taken to hospital in a critical condition and are now confirmed to have died.
Nicol Malliotakis, the New York Assembly member for Brooklyn and Staten Island, said in a statement posted on Facebook: "It breaks my heart to report that we have received confirmation that the two NYPD officers shot earlier today have died."
"Please keep in your thoughts & prayers the families of these two innocent, selfless officers who gave their lives to serve & protect us."
Sources also said a gun was recovered at the scene.
Police have not yet commented on a possible motive.
The shooting comes amid heightened tension in New York and across the country over police tactics following the death of Eric Garner, who died after being held in a choke hold by two police officers.