A robbery suspect was fatally shot by NYPD officers in Brooklyn after he scaled a fence Monday night and pointed a gun at a sergeant responding to a 911 call about a home invasion in progress, authorities said.
A second suspect, who may have been wearing a construction-type helmet, had fled just before police arrived on 78th Street near Quentin Road in the Gravesend area, NYPD officials said.
The pair was trying to rob people in an apartment at a house just after 6:30 p.m., police said.
Officers saw a suspect running away., and when he confronted them with his gun, he was shot twice, once by the sergeant and once by another officer, NYPD brass said at the scene Monday night.
The robber was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. A revolver was recovered, NYPD said.
The two officers were also taken to a hospital but were not seriously injured, police said, and none of the people at the apartment were hurt, including seven adults and a baby, authorities said.
A woman who lives in the apartment house where the shooting took place said two men tried to rob the residents on the second floor.
“They pretended to be people fixing something, but they had the gun to their faces,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified and who said she spoke to the victims.
Someone in the household called 911 and the pair took off when police came, the woman said the victims told her. “The guy was jumping out the window and that’s when they shot him,” she said the victims told her.
But the second suspect escaped, she said, and police shut down nearby roads as they searched for him. The victims were not injured, she said: “They’re all fine. They’re shaken up.”
The shooting comes during an especially tense time in the nation over police and community relations, especially in the black community.
The NYPD on Monday said an officer accused of shooting and killing a driver in Brooklyn while he was off-duty has been stripped of his gun and badge. The July 4 encounter between Officer Wayne Isaacs, 37, who works at the 79th Precinct, and Delrawn Small, also 37, followed what was an apparent case of road rage, the NYPD said.
There have been several police-involved fatal shootings of black men in recent weeks. Last Tuesday, police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, shot Alton Sterling, 37, once in the chest and once in the back when they responded to a convenience store about a gunman. The next day, an officer in Minnesota shot Philando Castile, 32, during a traffic stop.
Both shootings galvanized protests, and people had been marching peacefully in Dallas Thursday night when a sniper, who officials described as an Army veteran, shot and killed five police officers. He told crisis negotiators that he was upset over the recent fatal shootings of black men.
Officers also were shot in separate attacks in Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee.