Police officers in the Bronx were forced to shoot a 25 year-old man at a housing project early Sunday when he pointed a gun at them. He later died from his injuries.
According to New York Daily News, police rushed to Soundview Houses at around 1:50am after getting reports of gunshots being fired. When they arrived, officers ordered Rashaun Lloyd to drop his weapon, but he refused. Instead, Lloyd began waving his gun around, aiming it at the NYPD officers twice. It was then that three officers opened fire and shot at Lloyd 31 times.
“The officers ordered him to drop the gun, which was at least verified by one 911 caller,” said Patrol Borough Bronx Commanding Officer Larry Nikunen.
“He shot at the cops twice, and the cops shot him a bunch of times,” said a witness who declined to give her name. “He wasn’t moving.”
Lloyd suffered from a mental illness and had been previously arrested for robbery, criminal trespassing and marijuana possession on his record. He was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center after the shooting, but he later died there of his injuries.
Hours after his death, Lloyd’s mother revealed that she thinks he wasn’t taking his medication the last few weeks.
“My son was supposed to have been on meds and I don’t know if he was on them,” said Arlene Lloyd, adding that the young man was dangerously high.
“Someone had laced some marijuana that he was smoking,” she claimed.
Arlene went on to disagree with the officer’s claims that they had to shoot her son.
“They’ve been after my son a long time,” she said. “I know he was going around doing stuff, he had a record, but they didn’t have to do that. They didn’t have to do it like that.”
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