NEW YORK (PIX11) – He made us do it!
A grand jury indicted an unarmed man they say provoked police into shooting several bystanders in a bizarre confrontation in Times Square in September.
Glenn Broadnax, who police witnesses say was acting in a strange way in the middle of traffic that crowded Saturday night, was not injured.
35-year-old Broadnax was initially charged with misdemeanor menacing, drug possession and resiting arrest but the charges were upgraded to felony assault after the Manhattan District Attorney said Broadnax “recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death.”
Assistant district attorney Shannn Lucey said Broadnax “is the one that created the situation that innocent bystanders.”
After the incident, witnesses told PIX11 Broadnax was lying in the middle of the street and bystanders were yelling at police not to shoot.
“When officers approached him, he put his hand in his pocket, then look at his hand and simulated shooting at the officers,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at a press conference following the shooting.
A 54-year-old and a 35-year-old woman were shot when the two officers fired off three rounds. Broadnax told investigators that he was “talking to dead relatives in his head and he tried throwing himself in front of a car to kill himself.”
Broadnax was given a mental evaluation at Bellevue Hospital following the incident and found competent to stand trial. His lawyer contends he was “reaching for his wallet” and “never imagined his behavior would ever the police to shoot him.”
Broadnax’s bond was set at $100,000 and if convicted, he could face 25 years in prison.