Police officers hunting for a robbery suspect shot and killed an armed man on Thursday after he walked up to their unmarked car and pulled out a a loaded revolver.
The shooting occurred shortly after 2 p.m. as plainclothes officers canvassed a Brooklyn neighborhood bordered by a large cemetery.
Three officers in an unmarked car spotted a pedestrian who fit the description of a suspect wanted in a string of strong-arm robberies in the area, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said. When they pulled over to try to question him, he walked up to the car and pulled out the revolver, Browne said.
As the officer driving the car struggled through his window with the man over the gun, an officer in the front passenger seat jumped out and shot the man once in the shoulder, the spokesman said. The bullet apparently traveled into the 32-year-old man's chest, killing him.
Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly commended the actions of the officer who opened fire.
"She saved her partner's life, and possibly her own and that of a third officer with her unflinching, swift response,'' Kelly said.
It was unclear whether the man, who police said had a history of felony arrests, was the person sought for the robberies.
A six-shot revolver was recovered loaded with five bullets along with a second loaded .44 revolver, which was in the man's backpack with a gallon-sized plastic bag of marijuana, police said.