EAST NEW YORK (PIX11) — People walking their kids to school in East New York saw their neighborhood had turned into a crime scene Wednesday morning after a police-involved shooting left a man dead.
Police tape cut across Dumont Avenue and Hinsdale Street, closing them to traffic as police continued their investigation into the early morning police shooting.
According to authorities, a livery cab driver after 1 a.m. flagged down two cops in a patrol car and told them a man with a gun was robbing another man in front of 367 Hinsdale St.
Cops said that at that point the officers heard gun shots. When they got out of their car they saw two men struggling over a gun and, according to police, the robbery victim yelled to the officers for help.
Police say the suspect, a 50-year-old man, then pointed a gun at them and fired off one shot. After taking cover cops say one of the officers fired back, hitting the suspect. Police say the 50-year-old tried to get away and was found hiding under a vehicle in front of 545 Dumont Avenue where they also found a .357 Smith and Wesson revolver.
The wounded suspect was taken to Brookdale Hospital and pronounced dead. The 28-year-old man who was being robbed was not shot, but did suffer minor injuries during the attempted robbery. The officer was taken to Jamaica Hospital and treated for tinnitus, or ring of the ears, according to the NYPD.