NEW YORK — A police officer in Brooklyn has fatally shot a man who the NYPD says was brandishing a fake pistol near a school.
Police said they received a 911 call Monday afternoon from a parent reporting a man with a handgun near an elementary school.
They say that when officers arrived, the 22-year-old man pointed the phony gun at them during in a confrontation on the street outside the school. A uniformed officer responded by firing three shots.
The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. His name was not immediately released.
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According to the New York Post, the suspect's father said, "I am retired law-enforcement myself. I know what it's like. I can't blame the officer. He did what he had to do."