11/14/2007

In post-shooting investigations, NYPD confirm slain teen claimed he had a gun

"[The] officers fired at someone they reasonably believed was about to use deadly physical force."

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
Newsday
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BROOKLYN — A mentally ill Brooklyn teen shouted at police Monday that he had a gun before officers shot him, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Tuesday. Officers later found out Khiel Coppin was holding a hairbrush.


The window, left, at 590 Gates Ave. from which Khiel Coppin jumped toward police is photographed Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gary He)
"As we know the facts now, this shooting appears to be within department guidelines, as officers fired at someone they reasonably believed was about to use deadly physical force," Kelly said.

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