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.
Surveillance video—reportedly 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.
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.
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.