Authorities probe police-involved shooting following chase

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NYPD cops fatally shoot robbery suspect after wild car chase.

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — An unarmed suspect was shot and killed by a New York City police officer during a struggle Tuesday following a car chase that started in the city and ended in a neighboring suburban county, authorities said.The NYPD said the incident began around 11:45 Tuesday morning after two men in a silver Nissan sports car took off during a traffic stop at 242nd Street and Broadway in the Bronx. “Obviously they weren’t attempting to stop the vehicle for no reason,” Westchester Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth said. “There’s various violations and the matter is still under investigation — we’re still putting all the pieces together.” At one point during the chase, the suspects turned around in the middle of the parkway, driving southbound in the northbound lane, according to officials.An NYPD cop shot a man to death near the Saw Mill Parkway Tuesday after a terrifying high-speed chase in which the suspect and a friend drove the wrong way on the busy highway, striking several cars, officials said.

A law enforcement official identified the fatally wounded man as Miguel Espinal, 36, who a relative said had been driving his father’s car on Tuesday. “No weapon has been recovered,” said Stephen Davis, the chief spokesman for the New York Police Department, who added that the circumstances that led to the shooting remained under investigation. The Nissan passed the officers and continued south, colliding with civilian cars south of the Cross County Parkway intersection before coming to a stop, Mr. There were police cars in the street, but we couldn’t see what was happening.” “Members of the the Yonkers Police Department are assisting the NYPD for a search of a suspect who may have fled on foot into the park, the suspect may also be armed,” the Yonkers Police Department said in a statement. “A search is being conducted at this time by multiple NYPD and Yonkers PD units.”

When they spotted the Nissan again, it was coming back toward them, going against traffic and heading southbound on the northbound side of the roadway, the officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.” A second man, 25-year-old Akeem Smith, 25, was injured in the crash and taken to a hospital, in police custody, with minor injuries.

One of the NYPD officers involved in the chase is a three-year veteran, and the other has been on the force for eight years, according to Chief of Department James O’Neill. In March, the Times reports, a Suffolk County man fired a federal civil rights suit alleging that Officer Francis and several other officers used excessive force during an arrest in Queens. Meanwhile, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said it will take over the investigation of the shooting, following a recent executive order by Gov. Initial accounts suggested that there was a third suspect still at large, according to DNAinfo, but Yonkers police said that no one else was being sought.

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