The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of a civilian, who died on December 20, 2021, following an encounter with members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
In the early morning hours of December 20, 2021, NYPD officers responded to a 911 call about an individual who was allegedly armed. After the individual allegedly displayed a knife, the officers fired several times and the individual died. Following the incident, officers recovered a knife at the scene.
Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person, by an act or omission. Under the law, the officer may be on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may be armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not be in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.
These are preliminary facts and subject to change.