The off-duty NYPD officer who, officials said, shot and killed a man on July 4 after a road rage incident in Brooklyn has been stripped of his gun and badge as investigators weigh possible charges, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Monday.
Wayne Isaacs, 37, was placed on modified assignment after NYPD officials last Friday reviewed surveillance tapes and witness statements about the traffic altercation that ended up taking the life of Delrawn Small, also 37, of Brooklyn.
Police have said Small apparently believed the officer had cut him off while driving. He got out of his 2016 Kia, in which his girlfriend and three children remained, approached Isaacs’ car, and began punching the officer in the head through the car window, police said.
Surveillance images showed Small getting out of his car during the altercation at the Atlantic Avenue and Bradford Street just after midnight, approaching the driver’s side of Isaacs vehicle and throwing one punch before he was shot and stumbled away.
Small, who served time in a state prison for an assault conviction, died at the scene. Isaacs, who had just left his shift at the local 79th Precinct, was treated at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for head contusions.
New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office, along with the NYPD force investigations unit, is investigating whether criminal charges are warranted. Bratton asked witnesses, including the driver of a car stopped at a red light at the scene, who subsequently left, to come forward.
Bratton also said the department was looking for a witness who told reporters Isaacs got out of the car to fire his weapon — something he said was not borne out by the video images.