NYPD releases harrowing video of cops shooting man pointing fake gun
The NYPD released dramatic police body camera footage Thursday of Bronx cops shooting and critically wounding a man who was pointing what looked like a pistol at them last year — though the firearm was actually a fake.
A 911 caller told cops a man had aimed a firearm at him and a woman while they were walking along East 167th Street near Grant Avenue in Morris Heights at 12:30 a.m. Dec. 14, 2019, authorities said.
Dispatch sent cops to sweep the neighborhood and they spotted Erik Alas Moya — armed with what looked like a handgun with a blade attached — nearby, police said.
Police Officers Harris Haskovic and Corey Simpson hopped out of their patrol car and engaged Alas Moya, the video shows.
“Let me see your hands!” Officer Simpson can be heard yelling before he opens fire.
The two officers discharged a total of 12 rounds, said Det. Martin Brownlee, who narrated the video.
“The officers confronted the subject and instructed him to show his hands,” Brownlee says. “Mr. Alas Moya raised his right arm and pointed the imitation pistol in the direction of the officers.”
Brownlee says Alas Moya was “in a shooting stance, with the imitation firearm pointed at the officers.”
Alas Moya was indicted by a Bronx grand jury on three counts of menacing and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. The criminal case is ongoing.
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