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New York Police Kills Man After Falsely Believing He Had A Gun

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| April 5 , 2018 , 16:26 IST

A Brooklyn man was shot dead by the New York police on Thursday after mistaking a piece of pipe he was holding a gun.

The shooting occurred in Crown Heights, a predominantly black neighbourhood in the heart of Brooklyn.

Terence Monahan, Chief of Department for the New York police said that officers responded after receiving three 911 emergency calls saying a man was pointing an 'object that appears to be a gun' at people on the street.

Monahan said. “When we encounter him, he turns with what appears to be a gun at officers.”

Monahan added that the man took a two-handed shooting stance and pointed an object at police and three plainclothes officers and one uniformed officer shot 10 times.

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The object the man was holding was not a gun, but rather "a pipe with some sort of knob on the end of it," Monahan said.

According to reports, the man pronounced dead at a hospital later.

As per media reports, shortly after the shooting, dozens of people gathered at the scene, with many shouting and denouncing the conduct of the police.

The media reports further stated that the victim of the shooting was known in the neighbourhood and was mentally-ill but not violent.

Earlier, a similar incident witnessed when police in the city of Sacramento fired 20 rounds at 22-year-old Stephon Clark, fearing he was carrying a weapon but Clark who was killed, was actually holding an iPhone.