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Police: Armed man fatally shot by officers after wild chase

November 12, 2021 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — A 65-year-old man was shot and killed by New York City police officers after he fled from a traffic stop, crashed his vehicle into a police car and then pointed a gun at the officers, police said.

The encounter started when a highway patrol officer pulled the man over for speeding on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn at about 4 p.m. Thursday, Chief of Department Rodney Harrison said at a news conference.

As the officer was approaching the man’s car, he sped off, Harrison said. The officer chased the fleeing driver and positioned her unmarked police car in front of his Jeep, Harrison said. The man then crashed into the officer’s car and drove off, Harrison said.

The officer called for backup, and the man was pulled over again, Harrison said. The man then got out of the Jeep, reached into the back seat for a gun and approached the two police vehicles with it, he said. The officers got out of their cars and told the man to drop his weapon, but he did not comply, Harrison said.

“The subject continued to advance towards the officers, at which time two officers fired multiple rounds at the individual, striking him several times,” the chief said.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name was not immediately released.

The officers were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

___ This story has been corrected to show that Rodney Harrison is chief of department, not chief of police.