A man was killed by the NYPD on the Grand Central Parkway near La Guardia Airport early this morning after the car he was in allegedly cut off an Emergency Service Unit vehicle, the Daily News reports. According to a police source, the ESU’s police escort attempted to pull over the black Honda, which held four people, when a “confrontation ensued” and a single shot was fired into the man’s stomach. He died later at the hospital. Details are still scarce, but early indications are that no one in the Honda was armed.
Update: The Times reports that the Honda was returning from a club in Queens, and its passengers included a bartender and a female off-duty cop, who “was asleep in the back seat and did not witness the shooting.”
Two officers in the front police vehicle – a sergeant and a detective – approached the Honda. The detective was on the passenger side where the window was open, the police said, and the bartender, who was seated there, told the police she heard the officers tell those inside the car to show their hands.
The police said there were reports of movement inside the car but they would not elaborate.
One shot was fired and hit the driver, a 22-year-old man, who had been drinking, the bartender told police. A “small power drill” was found in the car, but no gun.