Brooklyn police fatally shoot man involved in armed robbery

A man was fatally shot by Brooklyn police officials after he started firing at them when authorities responded to an armed robbery report on Sunday morning.

The alleged armed robbery reportedly took place at Debevoise Ave. at Jackson St. in the Cooper Park houses in East Williamsburg. Two officers were dispatched there after receiving two 911 calls. One call said that there was an emotionally disturbed man while another reported a robbery at gunpoint. These calls were made around 7:45 A.M.

Officials arrived at the scene and tried to stop the suspect. The man was said to be armed with a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun and opened fire at the authorities. The two officers returned fire and hit the suspect twice in the torso.

New York Police Department Chief Jeffrey Maddrey , the head of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North command, shared that the man is believed to have fired five shots while the two officers returned around 12 to 15 shots.

Shortly after the encounter, the suspect was brought to Woodhull Hospital. He died at 8:38 A.M.

One witness named Darlene Roman, 48, said that the cops arrived at the scene and told the suspect to stand back. However, the suspect retaliated and shot at the officers. Roman added, “He (the gunman) was breaking phones for no reason and trying to harm people. He tried to take my neighbor upstairs to harm his family. He was obviously on something, obviously high.”

Another witness took a cellphone video of the incident. The witness, identified as 17-year-old Brandon Herron, showed the man in white shirt squirming on the sidewalk after the shooting. He added that the suspect hit an older man before he was shot by authorities.

Herron shared, “When I looked out the window, I saw him (the gunman) hit the old man. He walked away and then I heard someone say ‘freeze.’ The guy tried to run away and then you hear shots.” The gunman is believed to be in his 30s and is linked to two armed robberies. The two victims of the robberies are coordinating with police officials.

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