NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The family of a man shot and wounded by police this week in Harlem held a press conference Thursday.

Police said 34-year-old Michael Cordero claimed to have a gun and pointed an object at officers Tuesday at an apartment building on West 114th Street. The object turned out to be a wallet.

Web Extra: Family Of Michael Cordero Holds Press Conference 

“Michael never had a gun. The NYPD should have approached Michael in a different form and manner,” his father, Salvador Cordero, said. “The NYPD 28th Precinct have a history of Michael’s mental illness for more than two, three years.”

Cordero was shot in the hip and is expected to recover.

He was charged with burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing, criminal contempt, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Web Extra: NYPD News Conference On Shooting 

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said the officers’ actions were appropriate.

  1. Terry Mi says:

    They are lucky he was not shot dead, as he wanted to die.

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