Chief O’Neill Remarks, Monday, July 11, 2016
62 Precinct police involved shooting, 2271 78 Street:
At approximately 1830 hours, officers from the 62 Precinct responded to a 911 report of a burglary in progress at 2271 78 Street, a 3-story private residence in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.
Upon arriving at the building, responding officers observed a male suspect fleeing upstairs toward the third floor. They alerted back-up units that the male was fleeing toward the rear of the building. The suspect was observed exiting a window and descending a fire escape into the rear yard. After scaling a fence onto Stillwell Avenue, the suspect was confronted by a uniformed sergeant. The suspect pointed a revolver at the sergeant. Both the sergeant and another uniformed member of the service discharged their service weapons. The male subject was struck twice. He was transported to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Further investigation, and interview of several residents who were present in the apartment during the armed home invasion, reveals that a second subject had fled just prior to the arrival of police. This second subject is described as a male, black, in his 30’s, heavy-set, possibly wearing a yellow construction-type hat. The deceased subject is a 39-year old male, black. His identity is being withheld pending family notification. A revolver has been recovered at the shooting scene and is pending processing by crime scene investigators.
None of the victims of the apartment, which included seven adults and an infant, were injured.