NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A grand jury declined to indict a New Rochelle police officer who shot and killed a mentally distubed man inside his apartment in May.
Samuel Cruz, 48, was shot dead after his estranged wife called police May 26 because she was worried about the man. Police said he would not open the door and threatened officers with a knife when they broke in. They said stun guns failed to stop Cruz and when he lunged with the knife, Officer Steven Geertgens shot and killed him.READ MORE: NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora Remains Hospitalized After Harlem Shooting; Sources Say Suspect Had Multiple Guns Hidden Under Mattress
Cruz’s family said the man had mental health problems and was off his medication, according to published reports.