Cops shoot, critically wound, man with imitation firearm in Bronx

by Editorial Team

Police shot and critically wounded a man who was spotted walking around the Bronx with an imitation pistol early Saturday, officials said.

The man was walking near E. 167th St. and Grant Ave. in Morriania about 12:30 a.m. when he began pointing what looked like a revolver with a small bayonet attached at people in the street, NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo said at an early morning press conference.

When police arrived at the scene, they spotted a man fitting the suspect’s description near the corner of Findlay and Clay Aves. As they approached, the man was “holding a weapon in his hand,” Pichardo said.

“The officers ordered the suspect to show them his hands, when he pointed the weapon towards the officers,” Pichardo said. “Two uniformed officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect in the torso. The officers immediately rendered aid to the suspect and requested an ambulance to the scene.”

Medics rushed the man to an area hospital where he was in critical condition Saturday morning. His name was not immediately released. The officers involved in the shooting were also taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

The imitation firearm was recovered at the scene and the entire exchange was caught on the officer’s body cameras, Pichardo said.

The investigation into the shooting was continuing.


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