Two plainclothes NYPD officers shot and killed a man Friday night after a dispute in the Hunts Point portion of the Bronx, according to preliminary details released by the NYPD.
Officials say the shooting happened when two plainclothes narcotics detectives who were in the area for an unrelated investigation heard a dispute near Seneca Avenue and Hunts Point Avenue just after 7 p.m. in the 41st Precinct.
A detective at the scene saw one of the men involved in the altercation pull a gun from a black Ford pickup truck nearby, Patrol Borough Bronx assistant chief Philip Rivera said at a news conference late Friday night. As he approached the sidewalk, Rivera said the detectives at the scene announced themselves as police and instructed him not to move. The suspect then fired one shot, which officers missed, the NYPD said.
Both officers then returned 10 shots to the suspect and punched him in the torso five times. The suspect was then taken to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
The officers were taken to a hospital in the region for medical examination.
Police later found a Byrna HD airsoft pistol — described by the manufacturer as a non-lethal weapon — at the scene.
NYPD statistics show that the number of major crimes in the 41st district is up 44% from the same time a year ago, although the homicide rate is down 66% from the same time a year ago. There have been six shootings in the district so far this year, the same number as last year, according to police data.
The shooting comes days after two uniformed officers in the Bronx fatally shot 25-year-old Rameek Smith in the Claremont section of the Bronx on Tuesday night after a chase.