NYPD officers shoot man after he points gun toward them in Washington Heights park: police

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Washington Heights police-involved shooting

Police on the scene after NYPD officers shot a man who allegedly pointed a gun at them in Fort Washington Park in Washington Heights on Sunday night, Nov. 7, 2021. (Citizen App)

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — NYPD officers shot a man who allegedly pointed a gun toward them in a Washington Heights park on Sunday night, according to police.

It all started when someone called 911 reporting that someone was in Fort Washington Park firing off what appeared to be a gun, authorities said.

Officers responded around 8:15 p.m. and worked with the 911 caller to canvass the park and locate the man in the park, in the vicinity of West 168th Street, police said.

They encountered a 23-year-old man armed with a firearm and ordered him, numerous times, to drop the weapon, both in English and in Spanish, the NYPD said.

Police said the man did not comply with the verbal commands and then appeared to point the firearm in the direction of the officers.

At this time, the officers fired their weapons, striking the man in the hip area of the torso, according to an NYPD spokesperson.

He was taken to an area hospital and listed in what police described as stable condition. His identity was not immediately released.

The officers involved were not injured, but they were taken to the hospital for evaluation, authorities said.

A firearm was recovered at the scene.

Police said the investigation into the incident was ongoing early Monday morning.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Correction: The address of the location was updated.

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