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Forum Post: Bystanders Hit after Cops Open Fire on Suspect near Times Square

Posted 4 years ago on Sept. 15, 2013, 12:02 p.m. EST by LeoYo (5909)
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Bystanders Hit after Cops Open Fire on Suspect near Times Square


Police officers fired shots at an agitated man in Times Square late Saturday, thinking he was armed. The bullets struck two bystanders instead, though the injuries were not fatal. TODAY's Thomas Roberts reports.

By WNBC's Shimon Prokupecz and NBC News' F. Brinley Bruton NEW YORK — Police opened fire after a confrontation with an emotionally disturbed man near New York City's Times Square late on Saturday night, hitting two women nearby, police told NBC's affiliate WNBC.

The shooting occurred after the 35-year-old man had behaved wildly and pretended to point a gun at officers, police said in a statement. "The male was blocking traffic and appeared to be attempting to be struck by vehicles when the officer attempted to take him into custody," the statement added.

"The male eluded the officer, and when additional officers responded to the scene, the male put his hand in his pocket and then took it out, simulating that he was shooting at the officers."

Two different police officers then shot at the man but missed him and hit two women instead, the police said.

One of the women, 35, was grazed in the shooting, which occurred in the famed crossing at 8th Avenue and West 42nd Street just after 10 p.m. on Saturday.

A second 54-year-old woman was hit in the knee, police said. Neither had injuries considered life threatening, police said.

"The male was taken into custody after being struck by a Taser fired by a sergeant who responded to the scene," the statement added. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was expected to give a briefing from Bellevue Hospital where the woman hit in the knee was being treated.

NBC News' Heather Lacy contributed to this report.



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[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 4 years ago
[-] 1 points by LeoYo (5909) 4 years ago

"...the male put his hand in his pocket and then took it out, simulating that he was shooting at the officers."

In other words he was unarmed, armed only with his unloaded hand. Apparently this was enough for two of New York's finest to feel threatened by him and try to kill him while endangering the lives of others.

[-] 0 points by zimvind (-157) 4 years ago

Another current chapter in cops gone wild. We really need some common sense cop gun laws. At least this cop is facing charges.. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The deadly encounter was set in motion when a former college football player survived a wreck and went searching for help in the middle of the night. A frightened woman heard him pounding and opened her front door, then called police. Officers found the unarmed man, and one shot him when a Taser failed to stop him from approaching. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/15/jonathan-ferrell-killed_n_3931282.html

[-] -1 points by zimvind (-157) 4 years ago

3 civvies shot during the hunt for Dormer.

The boat where unarmed Boston Bomber hid, riddled with bullets.

The hero (legally armed citizen) that stopped the Clackamas Mall shooting by merely pointing his weapon at shooter. He didn't fire because he was cognizant of innocents in the vicinity. If only the Po Leese had the same concern for the safety of citizens.

[-] -1 points by zimvind (-157) 4 years ago

Just another argument that the only gun control we need in this country is for the po leese. Cop violence is getting out of hand. 2nd time this year Bloomberg's brownshirts light up the civilians, no? Or was that last year?