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A man pointing a fake gun was fatally shot in a confrontation with NYPD cops in a Queens NYCHA building Monday morning, police said.
NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said that when officers arrived at a fourth-floor apartment at the Ocean Bay Apartments, a NYCHA development, at about 10:30 a.m. a man let them into the apartment and they headed to a back bedroom and knocked, trying to talk to the suspect.
Mayor Adams said the 26-year-old suspect had been involved in an argument with his brother at the complex on Beach 51st St. near Elizabeth Ave in Edgemere.
A neighbor heard a “commotion” as police arrived at the apartment.
“A few moments later I heard a lot of yelling, shouting and then I heard, ‘He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!’” said the man, who only wanted to be identified as Frank. “That’s when I heard three or four shots go off.”
“They had a conversation through the door for a few minutes, at which point the door opens up,” Maddrey said. “Our members go to step in through the door and then the male points a firearm at them. Our officers gave commands to drop the weapon and then our officer discharges his firearm.”
The officers, Maddrey said, “secured the suspect,” who was shot in the stomach They performed chest compressions as they cut his clothes to locate his wound and called for EMS, Maddrey said.
“When the brought him down he was unresponsive,” said Frank. “He looked like a kid.”
The suspect was rushed by medics to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition and died at 11:57 a.m.
The officers were taken to a hospital to be evaluated.
The wounded suspect’s gun appears to be an imitation weapon, Maddrey said. The suspect did not fire the weapon.
A nearby school was placed on lockdown for a short time.