A New York City police officer was hospitalized in stable condition on Tuesday night after being shot in the lower torso by an armed man whom the officer had been chasing in the Bronx, according to a police official briefed in the early stages of the investigation.

It was unclear if the officer was wearing a bulletproof vest, the official said. The male officer, who was wearing plain clothes, is part of the Gun Suppression Division, the official said.

The officer was taken to Jacobi Medical Center, and a person was in custody, police officials said. A gun was recovered after the shooting, which took place around 10:30 p.m. in the Soundview section of the Bronx, the authorities said.

This is the third shooting of New York City police officers in three months. In November, two officers sustained injuries that were not life-threatening when they were shot in Queens. The gunman was killed.

The following month, on Christmas Eve, a police officer in Brooklyn was shot after responding to a call about domestic violence. The officer was saved by the bulletproof vest he was wearing, officials said.

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