An NYPD police officer shot and killed an “emotionally disturbed” 66-year-old woman, opting for his gun despite having a Taser. The woman was armed with a baseball bat. The department says an investigation is under way.
Officers arrived at an apartment in the Bronx after receiving a call about the woman on Tuesday evening. When they arrived, a neighbor complained that she was acting in an “irrational manner,” according to a statement by NYPD Assistant Chief Larry W. Nikunin.
When police entered the apartment, the 66-year-old woman was armed with a pair of scissors. An officer was able to persuade the woman to put them down after engaging her in conversation.
However, the woman then approached the officer and picked up a baseball bat, attempting to hit him.
The officer then chose to fire his handgun at the woman, despite being equipped with a Taser.
“As she attempted to strike the sergeant he fired two shots from his service revolver, striking her in the torso,” Nikunin said.
The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
It remains unknown why the officer chose to shoot the woman instead of using his stun gun…
Her name was Deborah Danner she was living with Schizophrenia – 66-Year-Old Woman Killed by Police at NYC Home https://t.co/608tuensAL
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