A man claiming to have both the coronavirus and other underlying health issues pulled a weapon on police Wednesday morning hoping to commit "suicide by cop," the NYPD said.
According to the NYPD, after the man called 911 they encountered the 55-year-old in his Bronx neighborhood with a knife and what turned out to be a black powder pistol.
Officers fired nine times, hitting the man in the hip and back, after he advanced on them with the gun and defied orders to drop his weapon and stop moving.
The man survived the shooting. Once at the hospital, he told police he was diagnosed with coronavirus (though it's not clear if he actually has it) and wanted them to shoot him.
“We spoke to the individual as to his motivations and his statement to us was that he had just been diagnosed with COVID last night. He is overweight, has diabetes, he thought he was gonna die so he wanted the cops to shoot and kill him. So this was apparently attempted suicide by police officer," NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan told News 4.
NBC New York
U.S. Marshals and the Coeur d’Alene Police Community Action Team arrested a fugitive and rescued a missing child in Coeur d’Alene late Tuesday night.
Ronald Whitted, 47, allegedly fled his home in Fort Worth, Texas, with his six-year-old son on March 17. Authorities say they believed the child was in danger, and that Whitted was believed to have tried to flee the country, then drove north toward Idaho.
The North Texas Fugitive Task Force contacted the U.S. Marshals Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force, comprised of members of the Coeur d’Alene Police Department Community Action Team. Task force members tracked Whitted and his son to an apartment in downtown Coeur d’Alene, where they arrested Whitted on charges of interference with a child custody court order, and rescued the boy.
KXLY-TV ABC 4 Coeur d'Alene
Shootings continue to surge across the Philadelphia even while the city is under a stay-at-home order.
There have been 106 shootings in the city since the beginning of March, and just this weekend five people were killed and others were wounded in shootings across the city. Police have counted 93 homicide victims since the beginning of the year — a 21% increase over the same date last year.
“We are constantly analyzing and evaluating the causes of, and conditions that contribute to, violent crime,” said Staff Inspector Sekou Kinebrew, “and we are committed to employing every available resource to combat violent crime and disrupt criminal activity.
“That state, the ‘stay at home’ order is not a panacea for eliminating violent crime, as persons who are inclined to commit violent acts are not likely to abide by the ‘stay at home’ order.”
The Philadelphia Tribune
Since last month, the Sheriff’s Department has sent 209 employees home to quarantine because of exposure to the coronavirus, and issues over their pay have caused another squabble between Sheriff Alex Villanueva and county leaders.
In a letter Wednesday, Villanueva requested that the county’s chief executive secure retroactive pay for quarantined employees who he said have had to dip into their personal sick leave prior to Wednesday, when federal benefits for workers impacted by the virus took effect.
Villanueva said there was at least one employee exposed to the virus on patrol who had not accrued enough sick time to stay compensated through the quarantine period. It’s unclear if that person lost out on any pay, and if so, how much.
“The first responders from the Sheriff’s Department sacrifice their lives for the residents of Los Angeles County every day,” he wrote. “The least we can do is fully compensate these men and women for their daily sacrifices by covering their COVID-19 related absence from work.”
KTLA 5 News Los Angeles