NYPD: Plainclothes officers shoot man dead after Bronx standoff

Two NYPD plainclothes officers shot and killed a man following a dispute in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx on Friday night, according to preliminary details released by the NYPD.

Authorities say the shooting occurred when two plainclothes narcotics detectives who were in the area for an unrelated investigation heard a dispute near Seneca Avenue and Hunts Point Avenue just after 7 p.m. inside the 41st Precinct.

A detective on scene saw one of the men involved in the altercation pull a gun from a nearby black Ford pickup, Bronx City Patrol Deputy Chief Philip Rivera said at a news conference Friday night. As he approached the sidewalk, Rivera said detectives at the scene announced themselves as police officers and ordered him not to move. The suspect then fired a shot, which missed the officers, according to the NYPD.

Both officers then returned 10 shots to the suspect, hitting him five times in the torso. The suspect was then taken to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.

The officers were taken to an area hospital for a medical evaluation.

Police later recovered a Byrna HD BB gun, described by the manufacturer as a non-lethal weapon, at the scene.

NYPD statistics show that felonies are up 44% in the 41st Precinct compared to the same period a year earlier, though the homicide rate is down 66% compared to the same period a year earlier. There have been six shootings inside the compound so far this year, the same number as last year, according to police data.

The shooting comes days after two uniformed Bronx officers fatally shot 25-year-old Rameek Smith in the Claremont section of the Bronx on Tuesday night following a foot chase.

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