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Published: Thu, October 20, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

NYC police probe why stun gun wasn't used in fatal shooting


"When you shoot somebody man it should be life or death you know, that's what you have stun guns and stuff like that for", said one man at the scene. Mayor de Blasio said the NYPD remains committed to training officers on how to handle mental health cases.

"Deborah Danner should have been helped, not killed", she said in a statement. "It's as simple as that".

An NYPD sergeant has been placed on modified duty after killing a woman in a Bronx apartment building yesterday evening.

A sergeant persuaded the woman to drop the scissors.

"As she attempted to strike the sergeant, he fired two shots from his service revolver, striking her in the torso", Nikunen said. Paramedics rushed Danner to Jacobi Hospital, but she died. Police said the sergeant had a Taser but didn't use it and that will be part of the investigation.

According to Danner's Twitter account, she was a keen supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, which seeks justice for unarmed African Americans killed by white cops.

"They're taking the weak political spot and blaming the sergeant for everything", Mullins said. The subsequent visit from officers resulted in the fatal shooting of the 66-year-old woman. Protesters have been demanding justice and an end to police brutality.

"They were giving her CPR trying to bring her back but she was purple already", Nevins told the Daily News.

When officers arrived at the 7th floor apartment, they first saw Danner in the bathroom.

De Blasio said the officer had received training on how to de-escalate a situation. Officials will be looking into why the sergeant did not deploy his stun gun, for example.

The officer, who has remained unnamed, was responding to a 911 complaint regarding Danner, who was described as being "emotionally disturbed". "That's not how it's supposed to go". "It's not how we train".

"Something went horribly wrong here", the mayor said. "We do have policies and procedures for handling emotionally disturbed people and it looks like some of those procedures weren't followed".

Police say 66-year-old Deborah Danner was inside her apartment armed with scissors when confronted by officers. "I'm not surprised. He's (de Blasio's) up for election next year".

Nikunen did not give the races of the officer or the woman in his statement to reporters. With decreased spending on mental health care, the three largest mental health providers in the country are jails, in Chicago, Los Angeles, and NY.

O'Neill conceded the shooting could exacerbate animosity toward officers following a spate of civilian killings by police across the country.

Diaz called on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and District Attorney Darcel Clark to investigate.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz called the shooting an "outrage" and said the Bronx district attorney and NY state attorney general to investigate. "We need to know why", O'Neill said. "I told her how sorry I was".

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