EAST NEW YORK — Police fatally shot an armed suspect early Wednesday in East New York after he opened fire on cops, according to the NYPD.
The chaos unfolded on Hinsdale Street, near Dumont Avenue, when just after 1 a.m. cops responded to a robbery in progress. The area remained cordoned off later that morning.
The suspect was allegedly holding a 28-year-old man at gunpoint, police said.
Cops ordered the unidentified suspect to drop his gun, cops said.
But that's when the suspect, a man believed to be 50 years old, blasted at the officers, NYPD officials said. After taking cover, one of the cops returned fire and struck the man in the torso.
The suspect tried making a getaway, but was found hiding underneath a car down the block, cops said.
He was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he died, police said. His identity has not been released.
Gregory Staton, a resident of a nearby apartment complex on Hinsdale Street, said he and his wife woke up to the sound of three or four gunshots.
“It sounded like it was right outside my window,” he said.
Staton then heard police yelling, “Stop,” “Freeze” and “Don’t move, don’t move."
“It’s depressing. It’s always the same damn thing,” Staton said. “It’s sad; the loss of life because some fool wants to rob and steal.
“I don’t feel safe going around the corner.”
A .357 Smith and Wesson revolver was recovered at the scene, according to the NYPD.
The 28-year-old robbery victim suffered cuts and bruises but was not seriously injured, police said.