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Police didn’t have body cameras yet during fatal shooting of Bronx man

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The moments leading up to a shooting of a Bronx man who was killed by police after refusing to put down a machete remain foggy since members of the NYPD's Emergency Services Division are not yet equipped with body cameras.

Family members and friends of Mario Sanabria, 69, are still coming to grips with his death and the events that unfolded in an apparent case of mistaken identity which lead officers to the wrong apartment building.

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Sanabria, who speaks no English, according to family members, was shot and killed by police after officers broke down his 230 Brook Ave. door with a search warrant. The officers were tipped off that there were weapons and drugs inside.

However, once inside, officers discovered Sanabria in a back bedroom holding a 2-foot machete. When confronted by officers, police say he ignored their commands to drop the large knife and was subsequently shot.

He later died at Lincoln Hospital.

Police say Miguel Conde, the son of Sanabria's roommate was arrested outside of the building, and at the time was considered to be the main suspect police had come looking for.

However, police quickly realized they had the wrong Conde and they released him after questioning.

While it's common for no-knock warrants to be issued when there is probable cause for narcotics, a study by the ACLU on warrant data reveals that when no-knock raids go wrong, it's often civilians who pay the price. 

The NYPD has not released any other details about the warrant. 

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