NYPD: Officers fatally shoot armed man in Crown Heights

A man was fatally shot by officers in Crown Heights after charging at two officers with a knife Monday morning, police say.

News 12 Staff

Dec 20, 2021, 12:26 PM

Updated 853 days ago

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A man was fatally shot by officers in Crown Heights after charging at two officers with a knife Monday morning, police say.
The incident unfolded around 4:10 a.m. when officers responded to a call for a man armed with a knife and gun around 1090 Eastern Parkway, police announced at a news conference. Responding officers found the man armed with a knife in one hand and his other hand in his coat pocket.
Officers gave multiple warnings to drop the knife and show his hands. The suspect walked off down Eastern Parkway and into the Utica Avenue subway station, where two officers deployed their stun guns, which had no effect, police say.
The suspect then ran back onto the street, still armed with a knife, and charged at two different officers who demanded he drop his weapon, according to authorities.
When he charged, police say the two officers shot approximately 10 rounds at the suspect. They then rendered aid to the suspect, who was taken to Kings County Hospital by emergency medical personnel and pronounced dead.
At Monday morning's news conference, NYPD Brooklyn South Assistant Chief Michael Kemper said non-lethal force was attempted multiple times through verbal commands and the use of stun guns before the suspect charged at the officers.
At this time, Kemper says it is possible that the Taser could not penetrate the suspect's jacket, leading to its failure. Investigators say they're looking into the possibility that this was a suicide by police.
The suspect has not yet been identified. Police are working to identify him through his fingerprints.


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