Shot Pace Student Aided Quickly: Police Chief

By Lynda Baquero and Jim Fitzgerald
|  Friday, Oct 22, 2010  |  Updated 1:17 PM EDT
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Shot Pace Student Aided Quickly: Police Chief

Danroy Henry, was a junior at the suburban Westchester County campus. He was a varsity defensive football player there and was from Easton, Mass.

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An investigator says a college football player killed by police got medical assistance from officers within three to five minutes after the shooting was first reported.
       
Lawyers for some witnesses have alleged that Danroy Henry, of Easton, Mass., was neglected for up to 15 minutes after he was shot outside a bar early Sunday in Thornwood, N.Y.

At a press conference today, Mount Pleasant Police Chief Louis Alagno said Henry was on a stretcher within 10 minutes of the reported incident. Alagno said he is "truly remorseful" for the death of Henry. Police are also looking to try and speak with a blonde female civilian who gave Henry chest compressions after the shooting and before paramedics attended to him.

The police chief detailed a timeline of events surrounding the incident, with the first call of shots fired and request for EMS coming in at 1:25 a.m. Henry was shot three minutes later. Police assessed the "grave condition" of Henry and retrieved first aid equipment, including a defibrillator and oxygen tank, from 1:28 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., the chief said. By 1:35 a.m., Henry was loaded on a stretcher and wheeled to an ambulance, Alagno said.

Alagno said Henry was handcuffed after the shooting but does not know how long the cuffs were on. He had said previously that Henry was uncuffed once officers saw the severity of his injury.

A preliminary autopsy confirmed "death by gunshot.'' Alagno did not say which officer's bullet caused the death or how many times Henry was hit. He said the investigation will take months.

Earlier Friday, Angela and Danroy Henry Sr. told ABC's "Good Morning America'' that they don't want to turn their son's death into a racial issue; they said they just want the truth.

The family is biracial, according to their attorney.

Police have said that Henry sped away and hit two white officers after a policeman knocked on his car window. The family's attorney has said that eyewitnesses have contradicted that account.

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