Police commissioner defends force in NYC showdown
Officers confronted the suspect outside the Empire State Building as he attempted to slip away in a throng of pedestrians
NEW YORK — New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is defending two officers' decision to kill an armed gunman outside the Empire State Building, which led to nine bystanders being wounded.
Kelly on Monday called the shooting appropriate since the officers had just been told Jeffrey Johnson had killed a co-worker around the corner and Johnson was pointing his weapon at them. That assessment is supported by experts on police tactics and firepower.
Police say Johnson, a women's accessories designer, ambushed a vice president of the company that had laid him off. The officers confronted him as he attempted to slip away in a throng of pedestrians.
Nine civilians suffered nonlife-threatening injuries caused by police bullets. The patrolmen were placed on desk duty while prosecutors review their response.
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