Staten Island, NY – The New York Police Department (NYPD) released bodycam video from an officer-involved shooting in September that left the suspect dead and an officer wounded (video below).
The Sept. 17 altercation that led to the shooting stemmed from an incident the prior day when Gregory Edwards allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face after she tried to break up with him, the New York Post reported.
Bodycam video from multiple officers showed the 39-year-old Edwards sitting on the front stoop when officers arrived and approached him.
In the video, two female officers each took one of Edwards’ arms and tried to take the man into custody, but he was uncooperative.
“Why you grabbing me?” Edwards asked.
The officers explained they had an open complaint from the prior day, the video showed.
Two women standing nearby harassed the officers and told them they weren’t allowed to touch Edwards without his permission as officers tried to take him into custody.
Two more officers arrived on the scene to provide backup to the first two officers, the video showed.
“Do not do that, please, I’m asking you nicely,” Edwards said in the video. “I’m not doing nothing. Please, can y’all stop?”
“You’re under arrest,” one of the female officers told Edwards.
But Edward continued to refuse to comply with commands, and then all of a sudden, bodycam video showed he tried to make a run for it.
The video showed a male officer grabbed the suspect and pushed him up the steps in an effort to gain control of him.
“Stop resisting, stop resisting,” more than one of the officers told Edwards as he struggled.
As Edwards continued to fight, the officer called for a fellow officer to deploy a Taser, the video showed.
NYPD Officer Raychel Campanella-Rivera fired a Taser at Edwards but the less-lethal device appeared to have no effect on the enraged suspect, SILive reported.
The commanding officer of NYPD’s Force Investigation Division, Deputy Commissioner Kevin Maloney said the Taser “was ineffective in stopping the threat as only one of the prongs struck the subject.”
Bodycam video showed Edwards swung around, pulling out of the officer’s grasp, and pulled a 9mm Sig Sauer pistol from his waist and fired it twice, striking NYPD Officer Vanessa Medina in the hand, the New York Post reported.
Officer Campanella-Rivera returned fire, shooting three rounds and hitting Edwards twice in the back, SILive reported.
“As a result of the discharge, the suspect was fatally wounded,” Commissioner Maloney said.
Officer Medina was transported to the hospital, treated, and released the next day, WNBC reported.
The rapid release of the bodycam video of the incident was done in an effort to comply with NYPD’s new policy of releasing bodycam video within 30 days of an officer-involved shooting.
Commissioner Maloney said that investigation into the shooting was ongoing, SILive reported.
Once that investigation is completed, NYPD’s First Deputy Commissioner’s Use of Force Review Board will evaluate the evidence “to determine whether the use of force applied in this case was consistent with department guidelines,” the commissioner said.
“In this specific investigation, follow up interviews are still being conducted and video evidence is still under review,” he said. “We do not draw any conclusions about whether an officer’s actions were consistent with department policy and the law until all of the facts are known.”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: