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Charges filed against man arrested in connection with officer-involved shooting: officials

Posted at 7:54 PM, Oct 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-26 19:55:05-04

BROOKLYN — Charges were filed Saturday against an alleged panhandler accused of urinating on the floor of a nail salon before an officer-involved shooting in Brownsville Friday night, officials said.

Dewayne Hawkes was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, criminal trespass and trespass, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

An NYPD officer, whose name has not yet been released, is in a medically induced coma in critical but stable condition, officials said; the man who police say struck him with a chair, Kwesi Ashun, 33, is dead after being shot by the cop during the melee at a Brooklyn salon Friday, according to police.

It all started around 5:40 p.m. when Hawkes entered Goldmine Nail Salon on Mother Gaston Boulevard, near Sutter Avenue in Brownsville, and tried to use the salon’s restroom, according to the NYPD.

Hawkes began urinating in the middle of the salon, prompting salon employees to ask two uniformed officers patrolling nearby to remove the man from the business, police said.

According to authorities, when the officers investigated they determined that man had an active warrant and began to place him under arrest and he began to resist.

Correction: PIX11 initially reported that charges were dropped against Hawkes after a court official spoke to reporters. A spokesperson for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said Sunday that was not the case.