NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man has been charged with multiple counts, after police shot and wounded him following a standoff in a Bronx apartment building.
Published reports characterized the shooting as accidental.
Police were called for an assault in progress at the 17-story high-rise building at 1380 University Ave., in the Highbridge section of the Bronx, around 10:40 p.m. Sunday. Upon arriving, they found Hassan King, 42, barricaded inside a ninth-floor apartment. King had punched a 22-year-old man in the face and hit a 34-year-old woman, hurting her back, police said.
The victims were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where they were reported in stable condition.
Meanwhile, NYPD hostage negotiators tried for more than two hours to get King to surrender. Finally, an NYPD Emergency Service Unit entry team forced the door open, but King breached the door back and hit the lead officer as he entered.
The officer discharged a round at King, wounding him in the wrist. He was also taken to St. Barnabas in stable condition.
While a police news release did not specify whether the officer shot King deliberately or accidentally, a DNAInfo report said the shooting was accidental.
King has 21 prior arrests on his record — mainly for narcotics. He was charged with assault, menacing, harassment, and obstructing governmental administration, police said.
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