• Emily Harrell

New York Police 'Failed' in Fatal Shooting of Woman


On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, an officer for the New York Police Department killed a mentally ill women when she attacked him with a baseball bat in her apartment. The women, Deborah Danner, was 66 years old. Danner was shot, said the Police Commissioner James O'Neill on Wednesday.

James O'Neill also said in Manhattan to the Citizens Crime Commission, "We do have policies and procedures for handling emotionally disturbed people, and it looks like that some of those procedures weren't followed,What is clear in this one instance is we failed." O'Neill said

The Mayor also spoke out about the shooting. Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "The shooting of Deborah Danner is tragic, and it never should have happened, It's as simple as that."

The officers arrived Tuesday at the apartment building around 6 p.m. A neighbor called the police saying that Danner was acting in an irrational manner, according to the Assistant Chief Larry W. Nikunen.

A sergeant entered the apartment and encountered Danner. She had scissors, but the sergeant convinced her to put them down. After she put down the scissors, she grabbed a baseball bat and tried to hit the sergeant with it. The sergeant shot two times and ended up shooting her in the torso. Danner died because of her injuries.

All information from WWW.CNN.COM

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