NEW YORK — A Queens man was shot and killed by police Monday after he pointed what investigators now believe was a fake gun at officers.
The officers were responding to a 911 call about a domestic dispute at the man’s apartment in Edgemere.
“Right now it appears to be an imitation firearm, but crime scene has to do a complete analysis of the weapon,” said NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey.
Maddrey said it happened after uniformed officers entered a 4th-floor unit at the Ocean Bay Apartments on Beach 51st Street.
The 911 call reported shots fired at the apartment, but Maddrey later added it appeared no shots were actually fired.
“At that apartment, they were met with a male. They had a conversation with the male, and based on that conversation they entered an apartment, into a back bedroom where they knocked on the door and tried to make contact with the male who was inside the room,” said Maddrey.
He said officers knocked and had a conversation through the door for a few minutes.
“The door opens up, our members go to step into the door and then the male points a firearm at them. Our officers gave commands to drop the weapon,” said Maddrey.
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Police said the man was shot in the stomach. Officers rendered aid, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
While exact details of what happened are under investigation, Mayor Eric Adams said it was “a domestic dispute, appears to be between two brothers.”
The NYPD said the man did not appear to have had any prior interactions with police. None of the officers involved were hurt and the investigation is ongoing.
A school across the street from the building went into lockdown protocol, but resumed its normal day after NYPD spoke with the principal.
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