Officials: Yonkers officer shot in jaw released from hospital

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Officials say a Yonkers police officer who was shot in the jaw Monday night has been released from the hospital.

Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner says 26-year-old Officer Kayla Maher was shot near Marshall Road and Ridge Drive.

Gardner says the two-year police veteran and her partner had responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle around 8 p.m. As the officers approached, he says one of the male suspects took out a handgun and fired multiple shots, striking the female officer in the face.

Maher, who works out of the city's 3rd Precinct, was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where she underwent surgery.

Gardner says backup arrived shortly after the initial exchange of gunfire. At least five officers discharged their weapons. One of the suspects was struck and taken to a hospital. The other suspect was taken into custody. Officials say the men are Hispanic and from New Rochelle.

News 12 has learned that the alleged shooter is on probation after a weapons and ammunition charge.

Mayor Mike Spano says it's the first time an officer has been shot in the city in over 30 years.

Charges are pending against the two suspects.

There's no word on when Maher will return to work.

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