1 dead, 1 wounded in police-involved incidents in Brooklyn

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Monday, May 27, 2024
1 dead, 1 wounded in police-involved incidents in Brooklyn
Sonia Rincon has the latest details fro Bushwick.

BUSHWICK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- One suspect is dead, and another is wounded after two separate police-involved incidents in Brooklyn early Sunday.

The first incident occurred around 2:20 a.m. on Eldert Street in Bushwick.

NYPD officials say 2 uniformed police officers finishing a domestic violence call were sitting in their vehicle when they were approached by a 26-year-old man who tapped their police car.

They said he was holding 2 knives and both used their tasers.

The suspect dropped one knife, but got back up.

"He was able to get up with a second knife. And did not listen to them wanting to stop and charged at the officers," Deputy Commissioner Tarik Sheppard said.

Both officers discharged their guns the firearms, striking him. The man was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

His family identifies the 26-year-old as Andre Mayfield of East New York. His mother tells Eyewitness News her son struggled with depression, and she had encouraged him to resume getting treatment for it.

She never imagined anything like this would happen to him.


Mayfield's family members declined to speak on camera. They're heartbroken that he died this way, saying he never had a confrontation with cops before, that he was a hard-working home health attendant and the father of a little girl. They're not sure what he was doing here on Eldert Street in Bushwick, and say they wish the officers had handled the situation differently.

The second incident occurred at 3:30 a.m. around Sutter and Ralph Avenue in Brownsville.

Detectives from Bronx Narcotics assigned to a summer violence reduction zones observed a dispute in front of a store of a man pointing a gun at a woman, Sheppard said.

They chased the suspect on foot. A responding sergeant and a police officer tried to cut off the man.

There was a collision, injuring the man. He was taken to the hospital, where he was undergoing surgery.

The man threw the firearm but it was recovered, police said.

"These detectives were assigned in Brownsville for gang violence, summer violence. They were exactly where they were supposed to be, and probably prevented a shooting," Sheppard said.

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