The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of a civilian, who died on May 13, 2022, following an encounter with members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
On the evening of May 13, in the Hunts Point neighborhood, officers encountered a civilian allegedly holding what appeared to be a handgun. After directing him to drop the gun, the officers fired. The civilian was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The NYPD recovered an air gun 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.