Bystander dies after being shot by NYPD undercover officer

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Bystander Dies After Being Shot By NYPD During Undercover Gun Buy In Mount Vernon.

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (AP) — An innocent bystander accidentally shot by a plainclothes officer died early Saturday, hours after being wounded when the officer opened fire on an armed suspect during an undercover gun buy that went bad, New York City police said. The devout Jehovah’s Witness was walking to pick up his car from a repair shop when he was hit twice by police bullets on Beekman Ave. and Tecumseh Ave.

Friday afternoon. “My father died a faithful man,” his heartbroken daughter Rachel Kumi, 25, said as she fought back tears in front of her dad’s home. “It’s a travesty that this happened. The New York Times reports that he was shot twice in the torso as the officer involved fired at a man involved in the sting, a 37-year-old who was not immediately named. They said suspect Jeffrey Aristy contacted an undercover officer with the NYPD on Friday and allegedly said he had weapons for sale, CBS2’s Ilana Gold reported. He was told to drive to Mount Vernon, where another man got into his car and put a pellet gun to the cop’s head and demanded his money, sources said.

Kumi was blameless, and this tragedy has tested and tried his family,” NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement Saturday expressing his “profound sorrow and sympathy” for Kumi’s family. The undercover handed over the $2,400 he brought to buy two semiautomatic handguns, then jumped out of the car, pulled out his own weapon and fired 11 rounds at the alleged would-be robber, Alvin Smothers, 37, hitting him in the arm and shoulder. “There was a rapid succession of gunfire, ‘Pop pop pop,’ and then there was a pause for three or four seconds and then the shots resume again and then another minute or two later and the helicopter was up and there was cars swarming all of this area,” said witness Joseph Camara, 52. “SWAT cars, police cars, sirens everything else. Detective Michael DeBonis, an NYPD spokesman, said the sting was part of a “long-terms firearms investigation.” From the Times: The police said that undercover officers in the past had purchased numerous firearms from him. I was thinking something must’ve gone wrong, there’s a shooting, my first thought [was] it’s a drug related thing it’s not the best of areas.” “The undercover business is perpetually dangerous. It’s obvious to me the seller in this operation set up our undercover to be ripped off and it backfired on them,” said the president of the NYPD detectives’ union, Michael Palladino.

If you ever needed anything, my father would never say no.” Police said a second suspect, 28-year-old Jeffrey Aristy of the Bronx, was arrested on drugs and weapons charges. Smothers, who has been arrested four prior times for robbery, assault and gun possession in New Jersey, remained at Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition Saturday. Aristy was apprehended outside his home on Nelson Ave. early Saturday and charged with multiple counts of criminal sale of a firearm and sale of a controlled substance. Kumi a long time and described him as devout. “When we all heard this, we were so devastated because here is a man who never hurt nobody,” she said. “We weep because we lost not only a human being but a father, a genuine father.” She added Mr. Kumi had two children, a son and daughter, who were raised to share their parents’ faith. “They’re devastated,” she added. “He was their guide, who supported these children.” Kenneth Dwyer, 75, who owns the five-floor apartment building where Mr.

Kumi drove a bus for a living and was a man of few words. “He was a very religious person,” he added, “extremely dedicated.” Local authorities, including the Westchester County District Attorney’s office and the Westchester County police, are investigating the incident.

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