NYPD Guns Down 66-Year-Old Mentally Ill Woman
An NYPD police sergeant fatally shot a 66-year-old woman suffering from schizophrenia inside her own Bronx home when she charged at him with a baseball bat on Tuesday evening.
According to NBCNY, officers were on the scene in response to a neighbor’s 911 complaint about the woman, who the community has long known to suffer from mental issues.
A uniformed sergeant encountered the woman inside her 7th floor apartment, where she was reportedly naked and armed with scissors. The officer convinced her to put the scissors down…but the moment she did, he reports that she grabbed a bat and attempted to swing at him with it.
Even though the officer had a stun gun on him, he instead fired two shots from his service gun, striking her twice in the torso. The woman was transported to a nearby medical center, where she later passed away.
The NYPD says it’s conducting an investigation into the case, including why the 8-year veteran sergeant chose to shoot the woman with his firearm instead of his stun gun.
SMH. We can never understand opting to KILL when you could easily diffuse a situation instead. And that’s only IF she even was swinging a bat around the way they reported…