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The Crown Heights NYPD Shooting: what you need to know

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Police investigators processing the scene after officers open fired and killed man holding a piece of a welding torch. PHOTO: Georgio Dano.
Police investigators processing the scene after officers open fired and killed man holding a piece of a welding torch. PHOTO: Georgio Dano.

Crown Heights, Brooklyn- A 34-year-old black male, of Brooklyn NY, was fatally shot by police yesterday after officers believed he pointed a gun at them, officials stated.

The NYPD stated that police responded to multiple 911 calls describing a man with what “looked to be a gun” near the intersection of Montgomery and Utica Ave at approximately 4:40 p.m.

Police received reports from three separate callers; one of these callers specifically stated that the man was pointing a “gun” at people walking on the street, officials stated.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan stated that upon arrival at the scene, officers encountered a man matching the description provided by 911 callers. The man immediately turned towards officers and took a “two-handed shooting stance” Chief Monahan said.

A screenshot from additional surveillance video from a store nearby to where the shooting occurs that shows the man pointing an object that police allegedly later found at the scene next to him. This footage is reported to be from shortly before police arrived and shot him. PHOTO: VIA NYPD.
A screenshot of surveillance video from a store nearby to where the shooting occurs that shows the man pointing an object that police allegedly later found at the scene next to him. This footage is reported to be from shortly before police arrived and shot him. PHOTO: VIA NYPD.
A screenshot from surveillance video from a store nearby to where the shooting occurs that shows the man pointing an object that police allegedly later found at the scene next to him. This footage is reported to be from shortly before police arrived and shot him. PHOTO: ABC7NY.
A screenshot of additional surveillance video from a store nearby to where the shooting occurs that shows the man pointing an object that police allegedly later found at the scene next to him. This footage is reported to be from shortly before police arrived and shot him. PHOTO: ABC7NY.

Surveillance video—allegedly taken from a commercial establishment next to where the shooting occurred—shows the man taking a stance described by police. Additional surveillance video shows the man pointing an object at people on the street prior to officer’s arrival at the scene.

Four officers opened fire and struck the man; three plainclothes officers from the 71st Precinct’s Anti-Crime Unit and one uniformed officer from the NYPD Strategic Response Group (SRG) fired ten shots combined, the NYPD said.

After the man was hit, officers immediately provide aid and asked that an ambulance “be rushed to the scene,” according to radio traffic and bystander video. The man was transported by EMS to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The object police discovered at the scene. It appears to be a shower-head with a segment of thin pipe attached to it. The man shot by police was allegedly holding it and pointing it at people on the street. This is in regards to the Crown Heights police involved shooting. PHOTO: NYPD.
The object police discovered at the scene. It appears to be part of a propane torch. The man shot by police was allegedly holding it and pointing it at people on the street. PHOTO: NYPD.

No gun was recovered at the scene, however, an object—likely part of a propane torch— was found, police said.

According to Chief Monahan, responding officers only knew that the person of interest was reported to be armed with a gun. Monahan said that he wanted to make it clear that “this was not an EDP (emotionally distributed person) call.”

Based on guidelines described in the NYPD’s patrol guide, officers are required to take precautions when responding to someone who may be suffering from a mental health condition—these include creating space between officers and the person, and requesting specially trained members of the police department to respond to the scene.

Screenshot from video posted on Instagram by a female user who was reportedly at the scene when the shooting occurred. Part of the video posted shows police rendering aid to the man after he was shot. PHOTO: @mis_lu_lu_bella via Instagram.
Screenshot from video posted on Instagram by a female user who was reportedly at the scene when the shooting occurred. Part of the video posted shows police rendering aid to the man after he was shot. PHOTO: @mis_lu_lu_bella via Instagram.

Radio traffic between responding officers and a central police dispatcher reveal that shots were fired by police just moments after the first officers reported arriving on the scene.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, the NYPD said.