On the streets, there was no second guessing on the police decision to fire a weapon.
“Since he didn’t put down the gun they didn’t know what else to do,” said witness Louis Benz of Sheepshead Bay.”
“They probably didn’t know it was fake so what else, they probably did what they had to do,” added Serg Sarukhanyas.
The deadly chain of events ended Monday afternoon just outside P.S. 194. It began, a police source said, in a public housing complex where the suspect was waving his imitation around. After a 911 call, an officer approached the man, who then ran.
A police source told CBS 2 HD the chase went all the way down a sidewalk with the officer yelling to the suspect, “drop your weapon, drop your weapon.” CBS 2 HD was told the chase only ended when the suspect spun around with his object in view.
Students getting out of school then learned first hand what the police use of force can lead to.
Read the rest of Sean Hennessey’s story at WCBS TV.