Officer testifies Deborah Danner never swung bat before being shot

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NEW YORK — A police officer has testified that a mentally ill woman never swung the baseball bat she was holding at the police sergeant who shot her to death in her Bronx apartment.

The New York Times reports that Officer Camilo Rosario testified Monday that 66-year-old Deborah Danner did not swing the bat at Sgt. Hugh Barry before Barry shot her.

Barry is on trial for murder in Danner’s Oct. 18, 2016 shooting death.

Danner was a paranoid schizophrenic who had been hospitalized at least 10 times.

Barry’s lawyer, Andrew Quinn, said in his opening statement that Barry fired because Danner was swinging a bat at his head.

Other officers who were present have testified that Rosario was the only officer who had a clear view of the fatal encounter.

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