NYC Police Fatally Shoot Man Carrying Metal Pipe

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A third caller said the man is holding a gun.

"There's a guy walking around the street, he looks like he's insane but he's pointing something at people that looks like a gun and he's pulling the trigger", one of the callers said.

"The suspect then took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at the approaching officers", said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan at a press conference. When four officers, only one in uniform, reached the spot; they found Vassell who matched the said description. He was pronounced dead at a Kings County Hospital shortly after. Monahan said the claims are supported by surveillance video evidence along Utica Avenue-that it appears the man is brandishing a firearm. None of them were wearing body cameras. They also released a picture of what the man turned out to have been holding: a slim, curved silver pipe with a cylindrical knob at the end of it.

Vassell lived just around the corner from where the shooting took place.

"It's not a crime scene! You would never catch him down". "A young man in his own community, shot down - yet again!" Four officers discharged their weapons at Vassell, firing 10 shots in total.

The man, identified as 34-year-old Saheed Vassell, was the father of a teenage boy and was working as a welder.

"We're committed to conducting an independent, comprehensive, and fair investigation", Schneiderman spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick said in an email.

The father said Vassell was born in Jamaica and came to the US when he was six. Apparently, a lot of people knew about his mental illness, including some neighborhood officers. "Every cop in this neighbourhood knows him", he said.

"He hasn't taken his medication for years", the father told the New York Post.

Activists there planned a rally for Thursday to require justice and by midday greater than 800 persons had signaled on face book that they would enroll in.

Jaccbot Hinds, who was one of the witnesses at the time of shooting, said officers jumped out of their unmarked police auto and fired at the victim without warning.

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"They just hopped out of the vehicle", Hinds told the newspaper. It's nearly like they did a hit, Hinds said.

In a statement on its website, the City of NY and the NYPD say that in the settlement they did not admit to any violation of law or misconduct.

After the shooting, dozens of Crown Heights residents crowded around police lines, some apparently angry.

Benjamin Mueller and Nate Schweber are New York Times writers. Neighbors told CBS New York that he was known to be mentally ill but at least those who spoke to the station considered him harmless - a neighborhood fixture.

Vassell's death comes amid heightened tensions nationwide regarding police accountability. In that case, officers responding to a call about someone breaking windows shot and killed the 22-year-old Clark in his grandmother's backyard.

City Council member Mark Treyger, whose district includes the Brooklyn neighborhood where the alleged sexual assault occurred, sponsored a resolution asking the state to change the law soon after news of the alleged assault broke, Jacobin Mag reports.

"Let's play out the scenario had it been different", he said. "This was not an emotionally disturbed call".

"There's a insane guy walking down the street, he looks like he's insane but he's pointing something at people that looks like a gun and he's like popping it as if he's pulling the trigger", reported another caller. If you saw him, he'd always be in a laughing mood. "We have to stay straight on the facts with this incident today".

Saheed Vassell was shot and killed by NYPD officers.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's office also sent out a tweet in response to the killing.