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Bail Set At $100K For Suspect In Shooting Of Female Yonkers Police Officer

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the local police department welcomes Kayla Maher home from the hospital.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the local police department welcomes Kayla Maher home from the hospital. Video Credit: Daily Voice Southern Westchester
Kayla Maher.
Kayla Maher. Photo Credit: Yonkers Police Department
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the local police department welcomes Kayla Maher home from the hospital.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and the local police department welcomes Kayla Maher home from the hospital. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - One of the two shooters implicated in the shooting of Yonkers Police Officer Kayla Maher appeared in court on Wednesday to answer the charge.

New Rochelle resident Jerry Reyes, 22, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon for his role in the shooting, which hospitalized Maher after she was struck by a bullet in the jaw during a firefight.

Bail for Reyes was set at $100,000 cash bail or $250,000 bond. The other shooter, reportedly 18-year-old Frank Valencia, remains in the hospital in stable condition after suffering an injury during the shootout.

Shortly after 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, officers, including Maher was dispatched to the area of Marshall Road, near Ridge Drive, following reports of a suspicious vehicle that was occupied by two suspects.

Upon her arrival, one of the suspects produced a gun, and started shooting at Maher, who returned fire. The officer, who was from the 3rd Precinct, was struck in the face by gunfire.

Maher was released from the hospital on Tuesday afternoon , just hours after she was fired upon.

As many as five officers exchanged gunfire with the suspects, police said, whose identities of have not been released as charges are pending against them.

Officials hailed Maher as a "hero," and praised the officer who helped get her out of harm's way amidst a shootout.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Maher and her family," Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said. "The bravery and courage displayed by our officers at the scene was nothing short of heroic, and I am very proud of them.”

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