NYPD Rookie Fatally Shoots 'Best Friend' While Breaking Up Fight
Nassau County, NY – Police are investigating in Long Island after a rookie New York Police Department (NYPD) officer fatally shot a friend in the head while breaking up a fight on Tuesday night.
The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. on May 12 in front of a house on Langdon Road in Farmingdale, the New York Daily News reported.
Sources said that NYPD Officer Errick Allen was hanging out with a group of friends drinking when two of the men began to fight with each other, the New York Post reported.
When one of the men began choking the other, Officer Allen intervened.
The rookie NYPD officer, who sources told the New York Daily News recently graduated from the police academy, allegedly shot one of the men to stop him from harming the other friend.
The man who was shot was identified only as “Chris” by his stepmother, the New York Post reported.
The stepmother told the New York Post that Officer Allen and Chris grew up together and were “best friends” from Farmingdale High School.
“I don’t understand anything,” she said. “I don’t know. I don’t know why he would have a gun, I don’t know why this cop would have a gun outside of city jurisdiction. It makes no sense to me.”
The stepmother stood next to a pool of blood that remained on the pavement on Wednesday morning as she talked to reporters, the New York Post reported.
“The more I read and I hear in the newspaper about the gunshots and the location of the gunshots, it’s horrendous,” she said. “It’s not a self-defense — it’s an execution. Do me a favor, OK, I ask a favor. Do your job and find out why.”
NYPD confirmed that the incident was an officer-involved shooting at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported.
“There was an NYPD officer that discharged his firearm,” NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea told reporters. "As a result of that discharge, an individual was struck in the head and killed. It’s an ongoing and very early part of that investigation.”
A high-ranking police source told the New York Post that Officer Allen is assigned to the 109th Precinct in Queens.
After the shooting, sources said the officer left the scene and went home to tell his father what had happened, as Nassau County police responded to the shooting, the New York Daily News reported.
Officer Allen returned to the scene with his father a short time later and was questioned by police.
Nassau County homicide detectives are heading up the investigation into the fatal shooting, the New York Daily News reported.
No charges have been filed as of yet, and the police have not officially released the name of the man who was shot or the officer.