This is still happening, NYC?
Police shot and killed an armed man whose girlfriend said had gone outside in his pajamas to check on a possible break-in at his Brooklyn home Thursday night.
Dwayne Browne, 27, was shot once in the chest about 10:40 p.m. outside 943 Schenck Ave. in East New York and died at Brookdale Hospital at 11:46 p.m., police said.
“The officers told me they had to shoot him,” said his girlfriend, who gave only her first name, Juanita. “They kept calling him the shooter. The officer said, ‘I’m sorry. It was one of us. But he wouldn’t put the gun down.'”
Juanita said she hadn’t seen him with a gun.
But Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman, said a firearm was recovered at the scene.
A police source said Dwayne Browne was shot by an officer who responded to a scuffle outside the two-family home.
The source said the scuffle involved two men trying to force a third person through the front door.
City Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn), who said he was briefed by police, said a woman who witnessed that confrontation called 911 and later told cops the duo ran away as officers were arriving.
Juanita said she and Browne were watching “The Resident,” a thriller, when they heard noises outside.
“He looked through the blinds before he went downstairs,” she said. “He said he saw two people running away. It sounded like someone was trying to break in. He went downstairs to check it out. I heard one gunshot.
“He came back upstairs and he was bleeding,” she said. “He looked at me and said, ‘Baby, I’ve been shot.'”
At that point, Juanita said, cops rushed into the apartment and one officer pointed a gun at her head and refused to help Browne.
“His chest was moving up and down,” she remembered. “He was fighting for his life. “They wouldn’t help him.”
Shoot first, ask questions last, huh? SMH