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October 09, 2012

NYPD detective thought Army reservist he fatally shot had gun

Detective Hamdy twice yelled "Police!"

By Colin Moynihan and Wendy Ruderman
The New York Times Blogs (City Room)

NEW YORK — The lawyer for Hassan Hamdy, who killed an unarmed motorist in Queens on Thursday, said the detective fired because he believed that the driver was reaching for a weapon.

Detective Hassan Hamdy made the split-second decision to fire a single fatal shot at an unarmed motorist during an early morning traffic stop on a highway in Queens because he thought the driver was reaching for a gun, according to the detective's lawyer.

The driver, Noel Polanco, 22, did not comply with Detective Hamdy's orders to put his hands up, instead reaching "down in a quick motion, down on the floor of the car," said the lawyer representing the detective, Philip Karasyk.

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