03/09/2010

NY cop fatally shoots man who pulled fake gun

The suspect was holding a very real-looking pistol

Associated Press

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.

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."

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