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Body cam shows wanted man pull gun on NYPD officers, shoots one in the hand


Maura Grunlund
Staten Island Advance, N.Y.

The NYPD released dramatic body-camera footage of the frenzied exchange of gunfire where an officer was wounded and a suspect fatally shot in Stapleton.

The NYPD video reveals emergency radio transmissions and graphic, closeup video clips from several body cameras worn by officers who were trying to arrest Edwards in connection with a domestic-violence complaint logged against him by a girlfriend.

Kevin M. Maloney, deputy commissioner and commanding officer of the NYPD’s Force Investigation Division, describes the incident and provides updates about the ongoing investigation in a version of the video posted by the Police Department.

The clips show officers approach Edwards, who is seated on steps in front of a home. Edwards appears to verbally and physically resist attempts by officers to handcuff him. An officer is seen tugging at his arm as Edwards repeatedly asks the officers to stop and says, “I’m not doing that.”

Officers tell Edwards that they have an open complaint against him and he’s being arrested.

Maloney says that Edwards then attempts to flee, but is stopped by two of the officers.

As other officers hold the suspect, Officer Raychel Campanella-Rivera deploys her taser, which Maloney says “was ineffective in stopping the threat as only one of the prongs struck the subject.”

Edwards removes a 9 mm SIG Sauer firearm from his jacket pocket, turns his body in the direction of the officers and discharges two rounds, striking the officer in the left hand, according to Maloney and the video clips.

Campanella-Rivera then discharges her gun, firing three rounds and striking Edwards twice in the back, according to Maloney and the video.

Edwards falls to the ground on the street in front of the location.

Campanella-Rivera kicks the firearm away from Edward’s reach and calls over the radio for more assistance, according to Maloney.

Police immediately request medical assistance for Edwards while an officer starts CPR, Maloney said.

“As a result of the discharge, the suspect was fatally wounded,” Maloney said.

The only rounds discharged by police were the three by Campanella-Rivera; it was her first time firing a gun in the line of duty, Maloney said.

The investigation by the NYPD Force Investigations Division and the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office will continue for several months, according to Maloney.

“You’re about to see relevant video footage, audio recordings and radio transmissions that will allow you to gain a better understanding of the events that led up to the incident and what occurred during the incident, based on the facts as we know them at this time,” Maloney says at the start of the video.

‘In this specific investigation, follow up interviews are still being conducted and video evidence is still under review. 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.”

After the investigation is completed, the findings will be presented to the NYPD’s First Deputy Commissioner’s Use of Force Review Board, “where the evidence will be evaluated to determine whether the use of force applied in this case was consistent with department guidelines,” Maloney says.


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