NYPD sergeant placed on modified duty after fatally shooting Bronx woman
CASTLE HILL, Bronx (WPIX) – The NYPD sergeant who killed a 66-year-old woman after she confronted him with a bat has been placed under modified duty as officials investigate the deadly shooting Wednesday.
Police say officers responding to a 911 call about an emotionally disturbed person encountered the woman holding scissors in a bedroom inside a seventh floor apartment on Pugsley Avenue Tuesday night.
The eight-year veteran of the NYPD convinced her to drop the scissors but she picked up a wooden bat.
NYPD Asst. Chief Larry Nikunen, commanding Bronx officer, said the sergeant shot the woman because she was approaching him with a bat.
"As she attempted to strike the sergeant, he fired two shots from his service revolver, striking her in the torso," Nikunen said.
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Neighbors who spoke to PIX11 were stunned that police used lethal force.
"I don't know what transpired but I do know that officers have weapons of all types," Karl Nickerson said. "If a person is mentally deranged I'm sure there's training where lives can still be saved and she can still get the help she needs."
Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill had a late night meeting at City Hall about the shooting.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. called the shooting an outrage in a statement.
"This elderly woman was known to the police department, yet the officer involved in this shooting failed to use discretion to either talk her down from her episode or, barring that, to use his stun gun."
Neighbors were stunned she didn't get help sooner.
"I personally saw them bring her out on a stretcher with a straight jacket.. it's really sad this is how her life had to end," one neighbor said.
The woman's name has not yet been released to the public, pending family notification.
Black Lives Matter members will gather outside the apartment building Wednesday night, calling for the New York Attorney General to investigate the shooting.