Crown Heights, Brooklyn Police Shooting


Man Shot, Killed By Police In Crown Heights; NYPD Says Pipe Was Thought To Be Gun

April 04, 2018 - 5:22 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A man was shot and killed by police in Brooklyn, after he allegedly pointed what was thought to be a gun but turned out to be a pipe.

The shooting happened at around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday near the corner of Montgomery Street and Utica Avenue in Crown Heights.

Crown Heights, Brooklyn Police Shooting

NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan said police received multiple 911 calls.

“Three different 911 callers described a man with a gun pointing it at people on the street,” Monahan said.

Police released photos they said showing the man pointing the object.

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.

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.

Four officers shot 10 rounds between them at the man, and he was later pronounced dead at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, police said.

Police later found that the object the man was wielding was not a gun, Monahan said.

He described the item as a "pipe with some sort of a knob at the end of it."

Crown Heights, Brooklyn Police Shooting: Pipe Recovered

Some neighbors told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones they were not happy with what happened. They suggested more could have been done before officers opened fire, such as deploying Tasers.

“People are hurt right now. People are going to mourn over this,” said Joshua Gadson. “It’s not going to go away lightly.”

Police say four officers were treated for minor injuries.