A police officer fatally shot an unarmed man during what police are calling a "violent struggle" in the East Village on Saturday. The shooting happened around 1:45 p.m. yesterday at what the Times refers to as "a supportive housing complex for people with mental illnesses" on E. 6th Street near Avenue A.
The 22-year-old victim, whom the Post has identified as Felix David, was the suspect in a robbery last Thursday at City College. Cops say he punched and stole the purse of a 21-year-old woman who he knew.
Cops tracked him down to the East Village facility, and say David fled out a window on the sixth floor and down a fire escape. Although David was unarmed, cops say that "a violent struggle ensued between the suspect and the two detectives." This 'violent struggle' involved a police radio, which David allegedly grabbed from one of the officers and used to strike both detectives on the head, causing lacerations.
During what the cops refer to as a "beating," one detective drew his firearm and fired once, striking David in the torso. He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Both officers were taken to Bellevue with bruises and lacerations; both are in stable condition. Police add that the investigation is ongoing.