THE BRONX - The family of a 36-year-old man who was fatally shot by a police officer on Tuesday says the suspect may have fled out of desperation.
Miguel Espinal was killed after a police chase from the Bronx into Westchester. Police say officers were on patrol when they spotted a Nissan sedan driving recklessly. They say they tried to stop the car, but that Espinal refused to pull over.
Officers say that Espinal then ran off into the woods, and a struggle occurred when the pursuing officers attempted to take him into custody. They say one officer's firearm was discharged and Espinal was shot.
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Espinal's family says that he ran because he was scared.
"He told me every single time if a cop was to stop him … he's not going to stop for a cop," says his sister Ana Mercedes Julbe.
They say the suspect was driving without a license and had a criminal record.