BROOKLYN — Police fatally shot a 65-year-old man in Brooklyn on Thursday at the start of rush hour, sparking an investigation that closed the eastbound Belt Parkway for several hours, officials said.
The man had been pulled over by a uniformed officer around 4 p.m. near the Bay 8th Street exit because he was speeding, NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison said. He sped away and the officer pursued. She positioned her vehicle in front of his Jeep Cherokee and he rear-ended her.
He continued east on the Belt Parkway as the officer requested backup, Harrison said. With the assistance of an additional highway unit, the man was pulled over about 200 yards east of the Bay Parkway Avenue entrance.
The driver got out and advanced toward the officers, gun in hand, Harrison said. The officers got out of their vehicle and repeatedly told the man to drop his gun, but he kept coming. They fired multiple rounds, striking the man several times.
The man was taken to a hospital where he died.
“Those that choose to carry guns, we hold them accountable,” Harrison said. “Unfortunately, it happened to be a negative ending, but we did what we had to do to stop the threat.”
Investigating officers recovered a firearm at the scene.
Police said the man had seven prior arrests, mostly for vehicular crimes.
The officers involved in the shooting were taken to a hospital for evaluation
The roadway was closed at Cropsey Avenue for several hours, but was later reopened. Officials had advised drivers to consider alternative routes.
ADVISORY: Due to a police investigation avoid the Belt Parkway and Cropsey Ave in Brooklyn. Consider alternate routes when commuting in the surrounding area. pic.twitter.com/071Ih36BO6— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) November 11, 2021
Video from the scene showed several NYPD vehicles and an ambulance.