A man was killed and two officers were injured following a police-involved shooting in Brooklyn Saturday afternoon, the NYPD said.
Police responded to a 911 call about a suspicious man in the hallway of 362 Sutter Ave. at around 1:10 p.m. Saturday , authorities said.
The uniformed officers, a male and a female, were patrolling the ninth floor of the Van Dyke housing project building in Brownsville when they spotted Erickson Brito roaming the hallway. They approached the the 21-year-old and asked him for identification.
A brief conversation soon turned confrontational when a fight broke out between Brito and the officers. As the policeman removed his metal baton, Brito grabbed it from him and began to beat the officers over the head, according to NYPD's Housing Bureau Chief James Secreto.
Following the dispute, the officers fired several shots at Brito, killing him. He was dead at the scene.
His family members told NBC 4 New York that he was a peaceful person and didn't need to be killed.
Both officers sustained head trauma; the policeman sustained a 2-inch gash, while the policewoman had a contusion, authorities said. They were taken to Jamaica Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries in stable condition.
The female officer was released Sunday afternoon, while the male officer remains at Jamaica Hospital, police said.