Cops kill teen gunman, NYPD says, but witness says Brooklyn youth was ‘running for his life’

Posted at 7:52 PM, Mar 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-11 10:49:54-04

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (PIX11) –– Officers and detectives were on East 52nd Street in East Flatbush all Sunday, investigating the police-involved shooting of a teenager Saturday night.

Police officers say two cops were on patrol with the Brooklyn South Anti-Crime Unit, when they noticed a group of teens just before 11:30 p.m. standing outside one of the houses here.

They say one of the boys 16-year-old Kimani Gray broke away from the group and suspiciously adjusted his waistband.

When the two officers approached the teen, they say he pulled out a 38-caliber revolver and pointed it at the officers.

Both officers fired several shots hitting the boy several times in the body.

But witnesses tell a very different story.

“He was running for his life, telling the cops, “Stop,” said witness Camille Johnson. “They really are, seriously, walking around, shooting little kids.”

But police say Gray has a lengthy criminal record.

The boy was taken to Kings County Hospital where he died.

Both officers were also taken to the hospital and treated for trauma.

The incident is still under investigation.