Officer-Involved Shooting Leaves Man Dead

 Officer-Involved Shooting Leaves Man Dead

A police-involved shooting in Edgemere turned fatal on Monday, February 12.

Sometime after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, NYPD 101st Precinct officers were responding to a 911 call for shots fired at the Ocean Bay Houses on Beach 51st Street. They arrived at what appeared to be a domestic dispute between brothers. As police entered the fourth-floor apartment, they spoke with one man and entered a back bedroom where a 26-year-old man pointed what appeared to be a gun at them. Police told the man to drop his weapon, and when he failed to do so, an officer fired his service weapon. The man was shot in the stomach and police began rescue efforts like CPR while calling EMS. The man was transferred to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before noon.

The NYPD, District Attorney Melinda Katz and the New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) launched an investigation following the incident. Officers ultimately recovered what turned out to be a BB gun. No shots had been fired.

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person by an act or omission. Under the law, the officer may be on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may be armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not be in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer may have caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.


Photos by Theresa Racine.

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