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Hero Queens cop released from hospital

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Dominick Totino Photography

Officer Joseph Koch, 29, shot as he responded to a domestic violence incident on Father’s Day, was released from Jamaica Hospital today.

The hero cop was greeted by a wall of blue as he was wheeled out.

Koch was leaving the home of his fiancee’s father on South Road in Jamaica on Sunday, June 16 when he saw a 10-year-old boy run out of a nearby house and shout for help. The boy claimed his mother was being assaulted inside, police said.

Koch went into the home and found Jose Bernazard, 40, attacking his former girlfriend and the boy’s mother, Christina Rodriguez.

Bernazard, of Brooklyn, had allegedly broken into Rodriguez’s home, where he allegedly attacked her and her son, according to District Attorney Richard Brown. Neighbor Angela Richards said Bernazard had slashed the woman across her forehead.

However, this wasn’t the first time Bernazard had gone after Rodriguez. In January 2012, Rodriguez was asleep in her home and awoke to find Bernazard on top of her. He allegedly choked and repeatedly punched her. After the arrest for that incident, Bernazard was released on his own recognizance and served with an order of protection, Brown said.

After Koch heard the boy’s screams for help, he entered the home with his gun drawn and Bernazard attacked, going for the gun. Three shots were fired during the struggle, one hitting Koch’s left hand and another in Bernazard’s stomach, police said.

Following the incident, Bernazard was charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, assault, menacing a police officer, criminal contempt, aggravated criminal contempt, burglary and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.



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| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy NYPD

An off-duty police officer was shot Sunday night in Jamaica after intervening in a domestic violence dispute.

NYPD Officer Joseph Koch, who is assigned to the 101st Precinct, was leaving a party around 10:00 p.m., when he saw an 11-year-old boy run out of a house on South Road near Inwood Street, shouting that his mother was being assaulted inside, said police.

Koch entered the home, with his gun drawn, and was allegedly attacked by 40-year-old Jose Bernazard.

The two struggled for the officer’s weapon, and three shots were fired. Koch was shot once in the left hand, and Bernazard was shot once in the lower abdomen. The third shot did not strike anyone.

Koch and Bernazard were taken to Jamaica Hospital, where they remain in stable condition, said police.

The domestic violence victim who was injured during the initial dispute was also taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition, where she was treated for a laceration to her head.

Bernazard has been charged with assault, criminal contempt, aggravated harassment, burglary, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest, police said Monday afternoon.

Updated Monday, June 17, 1:55 p.m.