NYPD Fatally Shoot unarmed Black man in Brooklyn

Police fatally shot an unarmed black man in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday, April, 4th. 

Officers responded to three 911 calls reporting that a man at an intersection was pointing what callers believed to be a gun at residents. 

Today at 4:40 p.m., the NYPD received several 911 calls of a man described as a male black, wearing a brown jacket, pointing what is described as a silver firearm to people on the street.  
— NYPD Chef Terence A. Monahan

 

Monahan said. When officers arrived, they saw a man matching that description and took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at the approaching officers.

Four officers then fired 10 rounds among them, striking the man. The officers then called for an ambulance, Monahan said, and the man was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police did not immediately name the man, but family members identified him as 34-year-old Saheed Vassell.

Despite reports that the victim was carrying a firearm, officers later determined the object he had pointed at them was “a pipe with some sort of knob on the end of it.”

The victim’s father, Eric Vassell, told NY1 on Wednesday that his son had bipolar disorder and had been “sick for a long time.” But he described his son as “polite” and said he wasn’t a danger to anyone. He also noted that his son had a teenage child.