A New York City man who later claimed to have COVID-19 and underlying health problems pulled a gun against the police on Wednesday morning to attempt “police suicide,” the police said.
When the police met the man in his neighborhood in the Bronx just before 4 a.m., the police said he was walking towards them with a black powder gun.
The officers repeatedly told him to drop his gun, then shot the man and punched him in the hip and back.
The incident was recorded on police cameras and the man who was not identified is expected to survive.
When the police spoke to the man after the shootout, he said that he had just been diagnosed with COVID-19 last night, department head Terence Monahan said.
Monahan said the man was overweight, had diabetes and thought he was going to die.
“He wanted the cops to shoot and kill him,” said Monahan. “Apparently this was an attempted suicide by the policeman.”
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