NYPD Commish Kelly Defends Use Of Force In Shooting Near Empire State Building [View all]
That’s when Johnson pulled the gun from his bag and pointed it at the officers, police said.
When the officers fired at Johnson, nine bystanders were caught in the crossfire. The NYPD said they were all wounded by fragments or bullets fired by police. Two are still hospitalized.
Kelly said it was unfortunate that innocent people were injured, but said given the circumstances, “it was the appropriate action to take.”
“When you’re told that someone just killed someone around the corner and five seconds later, that person identified as being the shooter points a gun at you, the gun was loaded, we know it had two live rounds in it,” Kelly told WCBS 880′s John Metaxas. “Officers reacted appropriate, reacted reflexively and it was the appropriate action to take.”