Police kill cop in White Plains

Officer shot when he refused to drop weapon
January 25, 2008 7:08:34 PM PST
Police shot a Mount Vernon police officer in White Plains Friday.The incident happened shortly after 5 p.m. outside the Westchester County Department of Social Services.

Police said two men were involved in an argument outside 85 Court Street when one of them pulled out a gun and possibly fired a shot.

The noise drew the attention of officers inside the building, who came out and ordered the armed man to drop the gun, police said. Police began firing after the man did not comply, according to authorities.

White Plains Public Safety Commissioner Frank Straub told a news conference that the victim of the shooting was a Mount Vernon police officer. He was not in uniform at the time. He was later identified as Christopher Ridley.

The exact circumstances of the shooting and Ridley's involvement in the incident is not known.