An off-duty NYPD cop fatally shot a teenager in Brooklyn who was part of a duo trying to rob the officer while on his way to work Monday morning, police said.
The officer was walking toward the Gates Avenue subway station on the J train around midnight when two men approached him near Grove Street, police said. One suspect simulated a gun and another struck the officer in the face with a wooden cane, police said.
The officer displayed his shield and identified himself as a police officer, ordering the assailants to stop, police said. When the robbers did not stop, the officer fired a single shot from his service revolver, police said. Antwoin White, 17, was struck in the chest, police said.
White was taken to Woodhull Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
"My son was 17, a kid," Antwoin's mother, Crystal White told NBC New York. "He didn't have a gun. Why did you have to shoot him."
The other suspect was in custody at the 83rd Precinct, police said. The officer was treated and released from Wyckoff Hospital, police said.