A chilling 44-second video captures the moment cops killed an armed suspect who police say fired an airsoft gun at a plainclothes officer in the Bronx.
Video provided to The Post shows a man in dark clothing who appears to be carrying a gun.
The man walks off the street onto a sidewalk, takes several steps and then walks back before collapsing face down on the ground, footage of Friday’s incident shows.
A plainclothes officer appears to be speaking on his police radio and he and a second plainclothes officer are seen with guns drawn before a third plainclothes officer appears.
On Saturday, unsettled residents remembered the fatal shots.
Ital, 71, who lives near the scene, said his daughter, a chemistry teacher, had just gotten home when she was thrown straight into chaos.
The daughter “saw the gun in the man’s hand and when he pointed it at the police, the police didn’t hesitate to blow it up,” Ital said, adding that the police shot was “straight across her face, straight.” in front of her.”
Ital said he went outside and saw the suspect lying on his back on the ground while police took turns trying to revive him.
“The police – they pumped him in the chest. When one was tired, the other came and pumped him,” Ital said.
The fatal shooting happened after a drug detective conducting an independent investigation with other police officers near Seneca Avenue and Hunts Point Avenue overheard a man in a group of people claiming he was firing a gun around 7 p.m get his truck, called the police.
Police spotted the 51-year-old man getting out of the vehicle with the pistol after the detective alerted his comrades near the crime scene to be on alert, authorities said.
As the suspect was walking on the sidewalk, he was confronted by one of the plainclothes cops, who yelled, “Police, don’t move!” NYPD Deputy Chief Philip Rivera said at a news conference at the scene.
Instead of complying, the suspect raised his gun and fired a shot “that just missed the detective’s head,” Rivera said.
The detective and a sergeant then returned fire 10 times and punched the man five times in the chest, police said. The suspect was taken to Lincoln Hospital, where he later died.
The NYPD had not publicly identified the dead man as of Saturday.
The suspect who was killed previously had 10 arrests, seven of them for felonies, police said. According to the NYPD, he was convicted of assault in 1988.