An off-duty MTA Bridges and Tunnels cop shot at a group of attackers - striking one - during an early-morning road rage beatdown in the Bronx on Wednesday, cops said.
Edward Aiken, 38, was on his way to his job on Randalls Island, exiting from the southbound Major Deegan Expressway about 5:20 a.m., when he was rear-ended by another car, causing his car to hit a guardrail, police and MTA officials said.
The stunned special operations officer got out to confront the other driver, and the two began to fight, cops said.
"Other individuals got out of the car and began to assault the officer," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. "He was on the ground. He was being beaten."
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The New York Police Benevolent Association said on Facebook, "Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our brother, P.O. Brian Kessler, who was killed in a vehicle collision on his way home from work this morning. He was just 28 years old and had less than nine months on the job."