Cops Fatally Shoot Man Who Threatened Mother With Screwdriver In New York Apartment
A mother was threatened by his son at her Queens, New York apartment via the use of a screwdriver. The man was shot to death by authorities after he refused to obey the commands of the responding officers.
The incident took place on Saturday morning at around 3:15 a.m. New York Police Department Chief of Patrol Terry Monahan said during a press conference at the shooting scene the screw driver was a dangerous weapon as it could strike a person the same way a knife is used to stab someone.
The man was identified as Jahlire Nicholson and authorities went to his apartment after a neighbor called 911 to notify them that she heard his mother screaming about getting killed. New York Daily News also reported that a witness heard the mother of Nicholson repeatedly saying, "He's gonna kill me." Two officers got to their Queens apartment and found Nicholson threatening his mother with a screwdriver.
The mother was freed but the two authorities struggled with Nicholson after he refused the repeated shouted orders of the officers to drop his weapon. One of the officers deployed his stun gun but missed Nicholson as the suspect lunged at the officers while he still had the screwdriver with him. The two officers then fired one shot each and struck Nicholson in the shoulder and on his leg.
Nicholson was rushed to Jamaica Hospital but later succumbed to his injuries, Trib Live reported. Neither the officers or the mother were injured but the two cops were brought to a hospital due to ringing in the ears.
Nicholson has been living with his mother in Queens and also had a home to stay in Long Island. Since 2003, he was arrested 10 times for assault, robbery, pot possession and weapons possession.
Before he was killed, he was on probation for gun possession. Officers were also called in the Queens apartment four times from 2002 and 2006.