Bronx Man Killed In 3rd Police-Involved Shooting This Week

Erica Brosnan
October 17, 2019 - 5:08 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Police shot and killed a man during a traffic stop that turned into a violent struggle in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon, marking the third police-involved shooting this week.

Authorities say the incident happened during a car stop around 3 p.m. near East 211th Street and Bainbridge Avenue not far from Woodlawn Cemetery in the Norwood section.

Chief of Department Terence Monahan says uniformed officers in a marked police vehicle pulled over an SUV with two individuals inside, because the driver of the vehicle was not wearing a seatbelt.

“Two police officers approached the car on the driver’s side and the sergeant approached the vehicle on the passenger’s side. Using their department smartphones, the officers determined the driver of the vehicle had three open warrants,” Monahan said.

He says officers directed the suspect to exit the vehicle so they could place him under arrest. However, Monahan says the man physically resisted and got back into his vehicle.

“While both front doors on the car were still open, the male initiated a violent struggle,” Monahan said.

The sergeant deployed his Taser, the chief of department said, but the struggle did not end and the suspect eventually placed the car in reverse, while the sergeant was inside.

“When the call was put into reverse, the officer on the driver's side had to release his grip on the male and jump out of the way to avoid getting hit by the car. The driver's door then quickly closed,” Monahan said.

According to authorities, the struggle lasted 1.5 minutes before the sergeant fired one bullet, striking the suspect in the chest.

Officers were able to remove the man from the vehicle and then administered aid.

The suspect, whose identity was not revealed, was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to police, "the male was found with a substantial amount of narcotics consisting of what appears to be cocaine, heroin and Molly on him."

The shooting comes just two days after police officers shot and killed another man, who had opened fire at an individual on a Brooklyn street.

On Wednesday, a second police-involved shooting happened during the early morning when officers wounded an armed man on a Bronx subway platform. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

Police say both suspects in those shootings had extensive criminal histories.

Authorities note the investigation into Thursday's shooting remains ongoing.