Two NYPD plainclothes detectives shot and killed a man who pulled an air pistol on them in Queens last night. According to NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the detectives had just arrested a 33-year-old man in a drug sting at Gates and Seneca Avenues at around 10:43 p.m. when a man "emerged from what appeared to be a black livery cab," removed a black handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officers. One detective fired five rounds while another fired a single round, and the suspect was struck in the torso and leg. He was pronounced dead at Wyckoff Hospital. The gun turned out to be a Walther CP99, an imitation Glock air pistol.
In a statement, Browne says the two detectives, ages 48 and 42, are both male and both joined the department in 2003. Neither had fired their weapons on duty before. The 42-year-old man they shot has not been identified pending family notification, but Browne notes that he had 39 prior arrests in Miami and New York, including multiple arrests for first degree robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and assault. Per department policy, both detectives will be placed on paid leave as an investigation is conducted.