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Bystanders Hit When NYPD Officers Open Fire In Times Square

September 16, 2013  | 

Screenshot via CNN.
Screenshot via CNN.
Two bystanders were hit when NYPD officers opened fire in Times Square on Saturday evening after a disoriented man jumped into the path of oncoming traffic.

The bizarre scene unfolded in the intersection of West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Officers confronted Glenn Broadnax, 35, after he stopped traffic at about 9:30 p.m. Broadnax ignored officers' commands and eventually reached into his pants pocket, withdrawing his hand and pointing it at officers as if it were a gun.

Two officers opened fire, discharging three bullets that missed Broadnax and struck two women nearby. A sergeant then used a TASER to subdue Broadnax, who later told police he "wanted to die." Broadnax also told police he was off his medication and had heard voices in his head. The Brooklyn man has 23 prior arrests for assault, robbery, and criminal possession of a weapon, reports the New York Daily News.

Commissioner Ray Kelly has declined to comment on the officer-involved shooting only to say the investigation continues, reports the New York Times.

Comments (8)

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[email protected] @ 9/16/2013 8:14 PM

23 priors? And he's out on the street? Thank you justice system, another great move. Sarge, nice tasing. Blues, Stay Safe.

Kevin @ 9/16/2013 9:58 PM

I have shot competitively in the USAF as well as having law enforcement firearms training in both military and civilian police academies. In a general sense, accuracy generally decreases as the trigger pull weight increases. Most service pistols (e.g. GLOCKs, etc.) have a 4-6 lbs trigger pull. This is heavy enough to prevent accidental discharges but light enough to not degrade accuracy. Administrators sometimes are more concerned about liability and this concern can have unintended consequences. As one gun writer has said, "Another disturbing trend is for Law Enforcement agencies to put very heavy trigger on their issue service pistol for liability reasons. The most famous example is the Glock New York trigger..." The GLOCK "New York“ trigger spring has a trigger weight of approximately 11 lbs. I can recall other news stories where NYC police officers have accidentally shot bystanders adjacent to their intended target. In my humble opinion, this needs to be addressed.

Greg @ 9/17/2013 4:14 AM

Oh please...too heavy a trigger, really? Training, training and honest qualifications testing. Both officers were greenies. He was a felon, caught with a weapon...why was he loose on society? Were the triggers too heavy in Kalifornia when the officers shot up the truck wounding the two women delivering newspapers? It's the guy behind the trigger vs. the gun that's the problem nowadays.

Chief P @ 9/17/2013 7:39 AM

A single accidental shooting of an innocent bystander during a deadly force situation by a department is a tragedy and this is no different. But when a department has several innocent bystanders struck by police gun fire on what is becoming a regular basis it is a management issue. Folks in NYPD might want to take drastic steps to curtail this issue, and yes I know how big and populated the city is and how many officers the city has on the books.

getum @ 9/17/2013 7:55 AM

Trigger weight has nothing to do with this at all. Blaming trigger weight is stupid! This has all to do with the officers behind the gun. Shooting a person with innocent people behind the intended target is stupid! This is where training is needed and officers need to keep themselves aware of thier backgrounds at all times. I hope the civilians sue the shit of of NYPD! The officers should be held accountable too, if a civilian would have shot, they damn well would have been charged with agg assault.

Capt. Crunch @ 9/17/2013 1:17 PM

Sergeant good job. Officers you need more range time.

clifford zigler @ 9/17/2013 6:09 PM

the story said the suspect only had his finger. why are you shooting in such a crowded place. more range time is in order here, along with some stress management training

Chief B @ 9/18/2013 7:37 AM

Hey zigler, it was an full-auto AR-15 finger. That aside, it is a training issue. They shot AT the POS, and hit innocents. Not good. You train for center mass of "YOUR TARGET", and you don't shoot if you're going to hit innocents. Also, there's no guarantee the bullet(s) are going to stay in the subject. Even JHP sometimes make it through.

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