Family Demands Answers For Why Cops Shot Man Who Shot Officer

NYPD Officer Christopher Wintermute was shot Wednesday morning by Victor Hernandez, the son of a fellow NYPD officer.

New York, NY – A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer was shot by a naked man with a gun early on Wednesday morning, and the gunman's family is demanding answers.

The incident occurred at about 1:51 a.m. on Oct. 23 after police responded to a call about a naked man behaving erratically in the hallway of an apartment building on Frederick Douglass Boulevard, the New York Post reported.

Police arrived on the scene and talked to the 911 caller, who told them that the naked man was the building’s superintendent, 29-year-old Victor Hernandez, WCBS reported.

The caller told police that Hernandez had been behaving strangely all night, but had progressed to harassing people, breaking glass, and banging on doors.

NYPD Force Investigation Division Deputy Chief Kevin Maloney said officers proceeded to the second floor of the apartment building, where they found Hernandez in the hallway, naked, armed with a pistol, and waiting for them in a shooting stance, WCBS reported.

Security video from the building’s laundry room showed 34-year-old NYPD Officer Christopher Wintermute in a wild standoff with Hernandez.

Chief Maloney said that Hernandez fired at Officer Wintermute with his 9mm handgun and struck the officer in his vest, the Associated Press reported.

The gunshot destroyed the officers’ bodycam but his vest protected him from being killed.

They continued fighting and went to the ground seconds later, according to the Associated Press.

The video showed Hernandez’s gun falling to the ground after he shot Officer Wintermute, as the two engaged in hand-to-hand combat on the ground.

Chief Maloney said that Hernandez punched the officer in the face and then went for his gun, the Associated Press reported.

That’s when two other NYPD officers opened fire on Hernandez, according to the chief.

He said the officers fired a total of 17 shots, and the suspect was struck 10 times, the Associated Press reported.

Chief Maloney said that Hernandez had a history of six domestic violence arrests, including two arrests in 2019, the New York Post reported.

Amid speculation that NYPD might have had yet another friendly-fire incident – two NYPD officers have been killed by friendly-fired already this year - officials rushed to determine the origin of the bullet that struck Officer Wintermute.

The chief announced Thursday that ballistic tests had determined that the bullet that struck Officer Wintermute was fired by Hernandez’s gun, the New York Post reported.

Hernandez’s mother, NYPD Officer Maria Hernandez, is a 19-year veteran of the police force who works out of the 52nd Precinct.

Officer Hernandez questioned why her son was shot instead of tased, despite the fact he was actively trying to murder one of her fellow officers, and has called for an independent investigation, the New York Post reported.

“Like all our officer-involved shootings, there will be an independent investigation,” Chief Maloney told reporters. “In this case, it will be conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.”

After she returned from identifying her son’s body at the medical examiner’s officer, Officer Hernandez texted the New York Post that her son had been a harmless family man.

“He was a hard working [sic] great father of two children,” she wrote. “Who worked hard full time and did side jobs to raise his children and went to Lehman college after work. He paid his taxes and was a good citizen.”

Officer Hernandez told the New York Post she didn’t know what had caused her son’s behavior the night he was shot.

“He [sic] only run in with the police were domestic no drugs or gun charges,” the mother wrote. “No mental history. He was a good man and the world is a darker place without his bright light.”

The suspect’s father, Tomas Hernandez, told the New York Post he “would rather have him in jail fighting a case than dead.”

Police have said there is bodycam footage of the shooting from other officers, and that Officer Wintermute’s bodycam has been sent out for specialists to attempt to retrieve video from the camera destroyed by Hernandez’s bullet.

Watch surveillance video of the terrifying incident below:

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AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Wow, nobody is going to want to partner with her after that kind of crap commentary.

Ragman69
Ragman69

Classic example of affirmative action....quotas filled by hiring a stupid woman that raised a stupid boy. They should fire her for showing her stupidity by opening her pie hole.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

This is today’s society, video of someone shooting cops, suspect ends up dead , parents demand answers

Privateeyes
Privateeyes

I honor and have deep respect for law enforcement. However, it sounds like this female officer might be due for her physc evaluation. Unbelievable.....

MaxD
MaxD

“He was a hard working [sic] great father of two children,” she wrote. “Who worked hard full time and did side jobs to raise his children and went to Lehman college after work. He paid his taxes and was a good citizen.” - Hernandez's Mother

“He [sic] only run in with the police were DOMESTIC, no drugs or gun charges,” the mother wrote. “No mental history. He was a good man and the world is a darker place without his bright light.” - Also suspects Mother.

Well let's see here, guy running around building NAKED displaying other bizarre behavior and CARRYING A GUN! Then as soon as Officers arrive, he ambushes them from cover, shooting the Officer in the chest. Mom probably might want to rethink the no drugs comment. Then the rest of it? "Great Father", "He was a good man and the world is a darker place without his bright light.” …. well except for the pesky issue of multiple Domestic Violence arrests that Mom WAS fully aware of, but he's "great"?

Curious what her position is at NYPD. If she's a street Officer, she needs to be taken off that duty as she obviously isn't competent at it. However my guess is that she doesn't hold that type of position with NYPD. As a Mother, she absolutely has every right to question the situation. However, if she identified herself as a NYPD Officer to the paper while trying to inflame the public about the shooting she needs to be dismissed. I'd be curious if she was able to view the video BEFORE she started contacting the media also. It appears that she INITIATED all the contact with the media, which is inappropriate, especially if she identified herself as a NYPD Officer and not just the suspects Mother.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Guy literally shoots an officer in the chest then continues to fight and try to gain access to an officer's sidearm. Anti-cop morons: 'wHy DiD tHeY sHoOt HiM?'

Xxxxxx
Xxxxxx

But,but only police have gun in NYC, don't they? You mean the bad guys don't know they can't have guns???

JBo
JBo

"...her son had been a harmless family man..."

Except for when he was running around naked shooting his mother's fellow officers.

E7MR
E7MR

Curious as to how a DV repeat offender was able to procure a weapon. Oh wait, nevermind.

ChasingYesterday
ChasingYesterday

Ok, that mother needs to be terminated...she's clearly too stupid to be a member of the NYPD.

CFHENDERSON1
CFHENDERSON1

Sweetie, what kind of idiot is gonna try to take a man with a pistol? A dead one. That mother is a special kind of stupid.

K-9 319
K-9 319

If she is stupid enough to ask that question, then what ever answer you give her will be inadequate. PS, you also might want to check the mother as it appears she isn't quite all there either.

Chaz0079
Chaz0079

Sounds like bath salts to me. Case closed. Go for the gun and it's over.

MadCa
MadCa

This Momma Cop needs to be removed from service immediately. She shows that she is not reliable to tell the truth. She was covering up his DV arrests, plus how else would a person in NY with DV arrests and/or convictions obtain the weapon? Momma Cop possibly, think she needs to be terminated...

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

The mother of this antisocial pile of sawdust should be careful how she howls for accountability. People would probably like to demand a few answers from her, seeing as that is the aftermath game she wants to play.

J10107
J10107

How did naked and crazy have a gun with 6 domestic violence arrests in New York???

And let's see what Mom has to say if the gun that wacko had, comes back registered to her!!!

Gramercy
Gramercy

"was a good citizen"...I think not!

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh please now the mother is crying about here son being shot

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

The PERP will never do that again. At least he wasn't an ILLEGAL ALIEN and ICE didn't have to be called.

RPG156
RPG156

I want to care about Hernandez's demise, but I can't bring myself to do it. Thankfully, no officer was seriously hurt. His Mom is grieving and not thinking rationally.

Ethananddrewsnana
Ethananddrewsnana

This family must be brain dead. What a stupid question.

Patriot63
Patriot63

I was amazed to find out that the shooter's Mother is a Cop. She should have raised her Son better. The 6 prior domestic violence charges on record shouldhavebeen big red flags for her to see. Being a Cop she should have seen that her Son was not mentally stable especially with his past record. She neglected to get him some professional help with his issues. I thought that NYC has strict gun laws and here's a Cop's Son in possession of a gun. For asking that totally ignorant question she should be fired immediately and banned from Law Enforcement anywhere in America. I wonder how many past calls she has been on in her career that she was lenient on only because they were Black. I'm pretty sure that if it was her at the recieving end of a person's gun she wouldn't have chosen to drop her gun to then reach for her taser. That decision would have led to bang bang your dead.

TopDocBo
TopDocBo

Great father, except when causing domestic violence/abuse. Like alcoholics are great unless they drink. Be afraid if his mom is on your 6.

floridacop
floridacop

seriously his mother is a cop and questioned why he was shot. here you go lady: 1- he shot at a cop which struck him in the vest (proves intent to kill) 2- then they go hand to hand and your son goes for the officer's gun (shows intent to kill) 3- he had been harassing people early (clearly out of his mind)

Stanracer
Stanracer

"Why didn't they taze him"???? Did she really have to ask that? How stupid is she?👎

CinGuz
CinGuz

We will continue to see the "It's everybody else's fault" defense because 1) parents don't hold their kids accountable in formative years & 2) the justice system keeps rewarding bad behavior. These parents failed their son, not society.

gennette
gennette

He shot the cop once and was going to again. What the heck did his family think the cops should do, stand there and watch him shoot the cop again? Boy is his family stupid.

aliceno
aliceno

Thank God the officers involved are alright. Good job!

adammcculler
adammcculler

Officer Maria Hernandez should be fired immediately..and hit with a gag order.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF, hold up!!! It's bad enough we have the low IQ gutter trash family questioning why their piece of shit criminal family member was shot by police in hopes of a ghetto lottery but now we have what appears to be an "affirmative action" cop questioning her fellow officers?? And why didn't she wait to get all the facts and see the video first before immediately going to the New York Post?? Ms. Hernandez you are pathetic and a disgrace to the badge!!!! Your son caused his death. He had charges for domestic violence. And I'm pretty sure his toxicology screen will come back positive!

Buzz17
Buzz17

"Harmless family men" don't walk around apartment buildings, naked, & knocking on apartment residents' doors, harassing innocent people, & shooting police officers who are called to the scene! That mother should know better since she's an officer herself!

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

"He was a good man and the world is a darker place without his bright light.” --mom. World can do without bright flashes from his gun.

LEO0301
LEO0301

It's been shown that acts of domestic violence is a learned behavior. So who was it Mom, you or dear ole dad?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Too bad Momma didn't respond..........maybe she could have taken charge of the situation...........right.

unclebubby
unclebubby

Another mom saying my son was an angel and wouldn't hurt a fly 😂🤣😎

Suetillman
Suetillman

I’m so sick of parents like his. They raise monsters then are upset when they are killed

Budman2082
Budman2082

She forgot to add that her son was a choir boy on Sunday’s.

bronx163
bronx163

Just show’s you how the job has become new ghetto outreach program.

Perps mother should know better.

Perp was armed with a handgun and fired that handgun into A FELLOW COPS CHEST.

USE a taser? What a ghetto mutt mother. Yea sad she lost her son. But he was armed with firearm and fired a gun into a cops chest.

Thats why your son is dead.

He was a animal obvious jacked up on pcp or something.

So glad to be retired. The job is infested with cancer cell ghetto activists now.

amlee
amlee

Oh look, "my baby didn do nuffin' family......just accept your kid was a POS and get over it.

Musical1
Musical1

Harmless family man with SIX domestic abuse charges??? NYPD has an idiot with a rightfully dead son amidst their ranks.

Tmc123
Tmc123

All those domestic violence arrests.... Domestic violence is a learned behavior so obviously the mother was beating the kids or the mother was beating the father or the father was beating the mother and the kids. He was not a good man. The mother should not be asking these questions.....She should be asking her self where did I go wrong.

GregoryThomas
GregoryThomas

"gunman's family is demanding answers."

No. Go to the criminals trail if you want to hear the evidence.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Can you smell a "remorseful liberal city government" settlement coming to shut mom's pie hole?!

Les_gpt
Les_gpt

Where is the body cam. If Hernandez dropped his gun why did only one officer approach since three were present? Why didn't they return fire right when Hernandez shot first? If he was a threat unarmed he definitely was a threat when he shot the cop?

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

Answer to family: “Because he shot a police officer, assaulted a police officer, and was going for his gun.” Full stop. Period. End of answer.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

THIS is how an LEO should NEVER Act. She talked to the Press. When I was an LEO, I Always referred the press to my supervisor...NEVER spoke to them myself. She also did a terrible job raising her son as well

pixiepup
pixiepup

The mother police officer wanted to know why he wasn’t tased after trying to kill a police officer??? That’s ridiculous! What kind of police officer is she?? One that would let her fellow police officers get killed!

Colombiano
Colombiano

Even police are against police now!!! 😂🤣

Grog
Grog

If he was such a "great man," a "good father," "good man," then why did he have ANY run ins with the police and WHY did he SHOOT a cop?

Fire one
Fire one

I’m sorry for your lost, but you’ll Be hard pressed to find any one let alone a Police office , pull out his taser, against a gun , as you know you men and women Work twice as hard , just to go home safely,