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First Police-Involved Shooting In Bronx Caught On Body Cameras

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The NYPD fatally shot a man in the Bronx on Wednesday afternoon in the first police-involved shooting in the city that body cameras captured, according to police officials.

Police said they were called to a home on Pratt Avenue near Conner St. in Edenwald around 4:00 p.m.

They said the landlord was concerned about one of his tenants, so he called police to perform a wellness check.

When they arrived at his apartment, according to officials, a 31-year-old man confronted them, brandishing a knife in one hand, with the other hand behind his back.

Police said the officers told the man to drop the knife, and the man showed what appeared to be gun.

The responding officers asked the man if the gun was real and ordered him to drop it, but he raised it in the direction of the officers, the NYPD said.

One officer then fired a taser as two other officers shot the 31-year-old man, hitting him several times, police said.

According to officials, the man later died. It was later determined that he was holding a fake pistol.

The NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez said the police commissioner will consult with the Bronx district attorney before officials release the footage.

No officers were reported injured.

 

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