What to Know
- Responding to reports of armed robberies, police encountered a man with a gun outside a housing project in Brooklyn.
- Officers exchanged fire with gunman, who died from his wounds.
- Witnesses told police that the man had robbed two people at gunpoint moments before the officers arrived.
Officers shot and killed an armed-robbery suspect at a housing project in Brooklyn Sunday morning, NYPD officials said.
Responding to several reports of armed robberies in the area of the Cooper Park Houses, officers arrived at about 7:45 a.m. at the complex on Debevoise Avenue in East Williamsburg.
They soon encountered a man with a gun, according to police. The man exchanged gunfire with the officers, investigators said.
Gun recovered at scene of this morning police involved shooting in Brooklyn. More info when available pic.twitter.com/Afj9Y6h2my— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 17, 2016
The man was later identified as Jermaine Johnson, 42, of 225 Park Ave. in Brooklyn.
Johnson was shot at least five times. He was then taken to the Woodhull Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:38 a.m., according to police.
None of the officers was injured by the gunfire. Johnson's .40-caliber semiautomatic gun was recovered from the scene, investigators said.
Police said Johnson was involved in two armed robberies before officers arrived.