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Officers Shoot Suspect Who Pointed Fake Gun at Them: NYPD

The male suspect the officers shot was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, the NYPD said

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What to Know

  • Two police officers shot a suspect after he pointed what turned out to be a fake gun at them early Saturday morning, the NYPD said
  • The male suspect allegedly pointed the fake gun at someone walking in the Bronx around 12:40 a.m., police said
  • When officers responded to the scene and asked the suspect to show his hands, he pointed the fake gun at them, according to police

Two police officers shot a suspect after he pointed what turned out to be a fake gun at them early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. 

The male suspect allegedly pointed the fake gun at someone walking along East 167th Street, near Grant Avenue in the Bronx, around 12:40 a.m., NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo said at a news conference. 

Officers who responded to the scene after the pedestrian called 911 saw a person who matched the description the pedestrian provided and approached him, Pichardo said. 

But when the officers told the person to show them his hands, he pointed the fake gun at them — at which point two of the officers fired their weapons, hitting him in the torso, according to Pichardo. 

Two police officers shot a suspect after he pointed what turned out to be a fake gun at them early Saturday morning, the NYPD said. Ken Buffa reports.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, Pichardo said. Officers recovered the fake gun at the scene. 

Pichardo said the shooting was captured by the officers’ body cameras. 

Police didn’t immediately say how old the suspect is or provide any additional details. An investigation is ongoing.

The NYPD tweeted to avoid the area of Findlay Avenue and East 167th Street around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

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