Crown Heights, Brooklyn Police Shooting: Pipe Recovered


Man Killed In Crown Heights Police Shooting; Suspected Gun Turns Out To Be Pipe

April 04, 2018 - 5:59 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A man was shot and killed by police in Crown Heights, Brooklyn late Wednesday afternoon, after he pointed what was believed at first to be a gun but turned out to be a pipe.

The incident happened just before 5 p.m. at Montgomery Street and Utica Avenue in Crown Heights, police said.

NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan told reporters that three different people called 911, saying a man had been pointing a gun at people on the street.

Police recovered video from businesses on Utica Avenue, and one of them showed the man pointing what was thought to be a gun at a person on the sidewalk, Monahan said.

Crown Heights, Brooklyn Police Shooting

When police responded to the scene, the suspect took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed the object at two officers, one of whom was in uniform, Monahan said.

A photo from across the street showed the man in a stance pointing the object at officers, Monahan said.

Crown Heights, Brooklyn Police Shooting

Four officers fired a total of 10 rounds at the man, police said. They immediately rendered aid, and the man was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County where he was pronounced dead, police said.

It turned out that the object the man was holding was not a gun, Monahan said. It was  a "pipe with some sort of a knob at the end of it," he said.

Police told The Assoicated Press that four officers suffered minor injuries. At least one was taken Wednesday at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

As WCBS 880's Mike Sugerman reported, a large crowd gathered near the shooting site in the predominantly African-American neighborhood. Some said they understood why officers did what they did.

“Respect the law,” one neighbor said. “If you don’t respect the law, the law can’t respect you.”

But others had no sympathy for the officers.

“White supremacists out here. White supremacists that are out here to wage war on us,” a neighbor said.

NYPD community officers also worked the crowd.

Others at the scene said the shooter might have had some mental health problems, Sugerman reported.

But Monahan said the calls police received were for a person with a gun, not for an emotionally disturbed person.