Police Fatally Shoot Emotionally Disturbed, Knife-Wielding Man In East Flatbush

  • Police Fatally Shoot Emotionally Disturbed, Knife-Wielding Man In East Flatbush

Police Fatally Shoot Emotionally Disturbed, Knife-Wielding Man In East Flatbush

An investigation is underway after an emotionally disturbed man was shot and killed by police, as family members question whether the use of deadly force was necessary.

When the officers arrived at the fifth-floor apartment, Jeune's mom explained he was in the back of the apartment, said NYPD Chief of Patrol Monahan at a press conference.

"One of the police officers deployed a taser which proved to be ineffective, a second police officer then fired at the individual striking him".

Dwayne Jeune was fatally shot in his Brooklyn apartment by NY police officers. One of the officers fired a stun gun, which did not stop the man from advancing. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:56 p.m., the police added. The incident speaks to an ongoing problem with the NYPD in regards to its handling of people in severe mental crisis.

"Any parent can say, 'You only call the cops because you expect them to come and de-escalate the situation, not make it worse. Mr. Jeune comes running out of the back", Monahan said.

Police said that the 911 caller who reported the emotionally disturbed person did not mention that he had a weapon.

Police entered the sprawling Flatbush Gardens apartment complex after she let them in.

He was charged with attempted assault on a police officer officer, records show.

"We're always looking to improve the way we respond to emotionally disturbed persons calls", O'Neill said.

Councilman Jumaane Williams extended his condolences to Jeune's family and said his office was also investigating the shooting.

A police spokesperson told reporters that the suspect was able to "fight through" the taser.