NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two NYPD housing police officers were struck in the head with a metal police baton during a scuffle with a man inside a housing development in Brownsville, Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon.

The male and female uniformed officers were responding to a 911 call about a suspicious man at 362 Sutter Avenue in the Van Dyke housing development around 1:10 p.m. when they encountered the man in a 9th floor hallway, NYPD Housing Chief James Secreto said.

The officers approached the man, asking for identification, and a scuffle ensued, police said. The male officer took out his baton, but the suspect got a hold of it and repeatedly hit both officers over the head, Secreto said. 

The male officer suffered a two-inch gash.

Both officers were taken to Jamaica Hospital in stable condition where they were visited by the mayor and police commissioner. 

The officers shot the man several times and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Secreto said.

The father and sister of the man killed, who they identified as 21-year-old Erickson Gomez Brito, told CBS2’s Christine Sloan they need more details on his death.

“I want to know why they killed him, why they are always killing. What the hell do they think we are? We want justice for my brother,” Omahis Gomez Brito said.

They said he dealt with depression and some sort of addiction years ago, but he was not on medication.

“He’s been fine, he’s had no problems with nobody. He has not gotten into police problems, as far as we know, he’s been good,” she said.

An investigation is underway into whether the shooting was justified.

Comments (5)
  1. Ed Swisher says:

    Omahis Gomez Brito …. your brother received the justice he deserved.

  2. Tim Barnes says:

    its all Deblasio’s fault, this less than lethal force training that was attempted by these cops backfired because this guy didn’t care nor did he feel the pain of the baton, instead he took the Baton from the weaker cops and tried to kill them with it

  3. Who would ever, in their right mind, try to beat up a cop? Or even better, try to beat up two cops? Or better still — try to steal a police weapon and use it against them?

    I do not envy the job they have to do. Will probably get to the point that it’s very tough to find people willing to take on that kind of risk.

  4. batons should have straps.

  5. jimeejohnson says:

    Good thing the cops brought guns to a baton fight. Good luck to the injured officers.

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