October 25, 2019
Remarks as prepared for Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison
I'm Rodney Harrison, Chief of Patrol.
I want to remind you that the information I am about to provide is preliminary and subject to change.
Earlier this evening, at approximately 5:40 p.m., a male entered the Goldmine Nail Salon at 447 Mother Gaston Boulevard attempting to use the restroom. After the male entered, he began to urinate in the middle of the salon. Two uniformed police officers from the 73rd Precinct, in a marked department van, were on patrol and were stopped by the salon operators and requested that the officers remove the disorderly male. In the course of a field investigation, the officers determined that the male had an active warrant and began to place him under arrest and he began to resist. An individual standing outside the store entered and engaged in a violent struggle with the uniformed officers. One of the officers deployed a Taser, but it was ineffective in stopping the threat. The male continued his violent struggle with the officers by raising up a metal chair and striking one of the officers in the head. This officer discharged his firearm six times at the subject. The perpetrator was pronounced deceased at the location by EMS.
The officer who was struck in the head is in a medically induced coma here at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, and is in critical but stable condition. The officer's partner was treated for tinnitus at Kings County Hospital and has been released.
The subject of the initial stop has been apprehended and charges are pending at this time.
I'd like to thank the doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals here at Brookdale Hospital for the excellent care afforded to our officer.
Once again, were standing at a hospital because one of our brave officers was injured while keeping New Yorkers safe. This time, it was because of a man who violently interfered with a lawful arrest. This incident underscores the dangers our officers face each and every day.