NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A grand jury in Queens has voted not to indict a police officer on criminal charges in the fatal shooting of an unarmed National Guardsman during a traffic stop.
Police said Polanco had been pulled over for driving erratically and cutting off an unmarked Emergency Services Unit vehicle.
Hamdy’s lawyer Philip Karasyk said Polanco did not comply with the detective’s orders to put up his hands and instead reached for something under his seat with both hands.
He said his client “felt threatened and was left with no other alternative other than the actions that he took.”
“All together formed in Det. Hamdy’s mind the belief that he was about to get shot,” Karasyk told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.
Hamdy fired one round, striking Polanco in the stomach and killing him.
“No police officer ever wants to be faced with such a life-or-death, split-second decision,” Karasyk told Silverman. “He has expressed his condolences to the family on several occasions.”