Deborah Danner, 66, was shot and killed by an NYPD officer on Tuesday night after she allegedly lunged towards officers while wielding scissors and a bat inside her Bronx apartment.
New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said police were “called to help a person in crisis.” Sadly, things didn’t end that way.
Sgt. Hugh Barry fired the two shots that ultimately ended Danner’s life. After being hit in the torso, she was pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical Center. O’Neil added via ABC, “That’s not how it’s supposed to go. It’s not how we train. Our first obligation is to preserve life, not to take a life when it can be avoided. Cops know when you become a police officer you are 100 percent accountable for your actions — everything you do. When a life is taken, as one was last night, we have to ask tough questions.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the shooting “tragic” and said it “should not have happened.”
He also said Sgt. Barry did not follow his police training, but added that until last night, the NYPD had properly handled nearly 200 calls in 2016 involving an emotionally disturbed person.
The NYPD has launched an investigation into the incident. Protests have already begun in Danner’s honor.
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