NYPD: Officers Kill Armed Man Reacting to Robbery

Police say the man shot by police was holding a .38-caliber revolver and wouldn't drop it.

A Brooklyn man was shot and killed Thursday night by police after officers responded to his house for an apparent robbery and he would not drop his gun, police said.

Duane Browne, 26, was killed just after 10:30 p.m. outside a home on Schenck Avenue.

Just before the shooting, Browne's brother and his girlfriend had pulled up to the home, with the girlfriend staying in the car, according to police.

As Browne's brother approached the door, two gunmen appeared and forced him into the house, demanding, "where's the money?" police said. The girlfriend then called 911 to report that her boyfriend was being robbed.

When police arrived, the gunmen fled and Browne's brother came out the back of the house, telling police "I'm OK."

Police said he did not reveal at that moment that the robbers had gotten away or that his brother was inside. Just then, Browne came out the back as well, and was holding a gun, slightly raised, police said.

Police said he was ordered to drop his gun, and did not. He was shot once in the chest. His .38-caliber revolver was recovered.

Investigators found 11 bags of marijuana and a scale in a closet of the basement, police said. Two armed men who tried to rob the surviving brother were still being sought.  

Duane Browne's grief-stricken mother, who wasn't home Thursday at the time of the shooting, wept outside on Friday as police investigators combed the scene. She said the victim has a 7-year-old son.

"Tell them to turn the hands of time back," Alice Browne told reporters. "Take my house, take my car, take everything. Just give me my son, I'll be happy."

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