Albany – NY Attorney General Says Probing Fatal NYPD Police Shooting in Crown Heights

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    surveillance image shows the man pointing the pipeAlbany, NY – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE’-dur-muhn) is investigating the death of a Brooklyn man shot by officers who mistook a metal pipe for a gun.

    Schneiderman said Thursday that his office is committed to “an independent, comprehensive and fair investigation.”

    The office has the power to investigate police-involved deaths of unarmed people.

    A tense crowd gathered after Saheed Vassell was killed around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.

    The New York Times reports that police had encountered the man before and classified him as emotionally disturbed.

    Chief of Department Terence Monahan says Vassell “took a two-handed shooting stance” and “pointed an object at the approaching officers” who’d been summoned by 911 calls about a man with a gun.
    Officers walk past the scene where police shot and killed a man in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

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