New York Attorney General to Probe Deadly Shooting of Unarmed Man Following …

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NY special prosecutors probe police-involved shooting.

YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — New York special prosecutors are overseeing the investigation into the fatal shooting of a 36-year-old man in a police confrontation in Westchester County. YONKERS, N.Y. – Police say an unarmed suspect was shot and killed by a New York City police officer during a struggle following a car chase that started in the city and ended in a neighboring suburban county It began shortly before noon on Tuesday when uniformed officers on patrol spotted a Nissan sedan driving recklessly in the Bronx and tried to pull it over.

The car headed north on a parkway but then reversed and drove into oncoming traffic, heading south in the northbound lane before crashing into several vehicles, according to police. 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 suspects hit several cars during the turnaround, with one person injured. “Whether they saw other police vehicles ahead, they made a u-turn and came down in a northbound lane colliding with several other civilian vehicles,” George Longworth, Westchester County Public Safety Commissioner, said. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order in July authorizing the attorney general to investigate deaths of unarmed civilians in encounters with law enforcement, citing public perceptions local prosecutors are too close with police.

Tuesday’s incident began eight miles away on the Henry Hudson Pkwy and Riverdale Ave. in Riverdale when police began pursuing a Silver Nissan for driving recklessly at 11:45 a.m. 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. The two uniformed officers followed the suspects into Westchester, where the Nissan slammed into an auto on the Saw Mill Parkway near Exit 4, officials said. “We heard a big bang about 11 a.m.,” said Isabelle Ross, whose home overlooks the parkway. “Everybody ran outside. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s unit has been investigating the death of 42-year-old Raynette Turner, who died in July in a Mount Vernon police holding cell.

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. In Monday’s incident, in which the off-duty NYPD officer killed one of two men who were trying to rob him, police are searching for the other man, authorities said.

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. 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. Espinal’s relatives gathered at his mother’s apartment in Jamaica, Queens, on Tuesday night, saying they had been informed of the shooting but not told of his death.

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