Police officers responding to a robbery in progress at a Brooklyn deli ended up killing the allegedly armed suspect, who turned out the to be holding an "imitation pistol."
NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence A. Monahan said that around 12:40 a.m. today, "A three person anti-crime unit consisting of one sergeant and two police officers from the 83rd precinct responded to a 911 call of a gunpoint robbery in progress at 185 Starr Street, the Garden Deli."
The male suspect was reportedly demanding "five bottles of Corona and one Heineken" while holding what looked like a gun, according to the Daily News.
By the time the police arrived, Monahan said, the suspect was gone but the cops took information about him and later "observed the suspect walking west on Starr Street.
"The officers gave verbal commands and engaged the suspect in front of 169 Starr Street. The suspect had a black firearm in his hand and raised it towards the officers. The officers fired at the suspect and struck him multiple times," Monahan explained.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at Woodhull Hospital. Police found, what Monahan called "a black firearm that appears to be an imitation pistol" at the scene.
The NYPD also released a surveillance image of the suspect holding the fake gun at the Garden Deli's clerk. The frightened worker, Mohamed Ali, thought the gun was real and that the suspect would use it. He told WCBS 2, “He put a gun next to my face, and he wanted to try to kill me, and he bought the four six-pack beer on top of counter… and he said, 'Bag it up, please, I’m going to shoot you right now.'"
In an interview with the News, Ali said, "I don't want to die for no reason, for the beer. These young guys, they do this stuff. It's not even worth it, for the beer."
This is the second fatal police involved shooting in the past few days; a 17-year-old alleged gang member was killed after allegedly firing at anti-crime officers in Cypress Hills.