It’s been confirmed that all of the bystanders shot during the shootout with a suspect who pulled a gun on police were, in fact, shot by police or hit with fragmented bullets.
The New York Times reports:
The police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, confirmed on Saturday that all nine were wounded by police bullets, bullet fragments or shrapnel from ricochets. Mr. Kelly also confirmed that the shooter, Mr. Johnson, never fired another shot after killing a former co-worker, Steven Ercolino, moments earlier.
“We had a witness that said that Johnson fired at the police,” Mr. Kelly said Saturday. “But the final count of the shells, it appears that that is not the case.”
This is not intended to condemn the NYPD officers, but rather to look into what may be the best procedures in cases where a person aims a gun at officers in a crowded area.
More from the NYT:
The patrol guide, the department’s manual, states that officers should not fire their weapons when, “in their professional judgment, doing so will unnecessarily endanger innocent persons.”
In the shooting in Midtown, Mr. Kelly said on Friday that the two officers “had absolutely no choice.” In Mr. Johnson’s bag, officers found a clip loaded with six rounds, the police said.
What do you think of this procedure? Should the NYPD reevaluate their standard response, or is this their only real choice for protecting the city?