This is extremely sad. Family and friends of Danroy “DJ” Henry, who was fatally shot by Mount Pleasant police officers this weekend are speaking on this tragic incident:
The friend who was in the car, sitting next to Pace University football player Danroy “DJ” Henry when they were both shot by police, said they did nothing to provoke the shooting that ended with his buddy’s death. “He didn’t and we didn’t deserve anything that happened that night,” Brandon Cox, 20, told The Journal News in an exclusive interview this afternoon. “We did nothing to provoke what happened. It was just an unjust situation that we happened to be in.”
Cox, a Stonehill College football player whose team beat Pace’s earlier in the day, was out that night catching up with his high school friend. He told his mom that he, Henry and another Pace player were waiting in the car for a friend outside Finnegan’s Grill when a police officer tapped on the window.
“D.J. started moving because he knew he was in the “no parking” zone,” Cox’s mother Donna Parks said in the telephone interview from her home in South Easton, Mass., where she has been looking after her injured son. “As he was moving out, all of a sudden, another police officer jumps from behind a cruiser with gun drawn. D.J. didn’t have time to stop, and hit [the officer]. Then they just started shooting.” The Pleasantville police officer who was believed to have fired the shot that killed Henry was identified today as Aaron Hess, 33, a former New York City cop on the local force since 2003.
Mount Pleasant police officer Ronald Beckley, a 30 year veteran, also fired his weapon at Henry’s fleeing car outside Finnegan’s Grill at the Town Center strip mall Sunday morning.
The officers were identified this morning during a Mount Pleasant police news conference, where authorities also identified the other two occupants of the car. They are Cox, who suffered a graze wound, and Desmond Hinds, 21, of Stamford, Conn., another Pace football player.
“We were just enjoying each other’s company, laughing and making jokes, talking about things we were going to do, how we were going to get the most out of life,” said Brandon Cox, who had known Henry for seven years. “Unfortunately, he’s not going to be there to experience all those things with me.”
Cox., whose arm was grazed by a bullet, is recovering at home and said, “I won’t be able to play football for a while, but I’m alright.” He’s retained a lawyer, who is preventing him from speaking in detail about the incident. Henry, a 20-year-old junior from Easton, Mass., was driving away from officers who confronted him outside the bar, police said. Cox, the front-seat passenger, and Henry went to the same high school.