A total of 9 bystanders were struck by NYPD gunfire outside the Empire State Building last Friday. Two NYPD officers opened fire on Jeffrey Johnson after approaching him from behind in the busy tourist area. The officers approached Johnson after receiving a call that he had gunned down a former co-worker outside of the office they used to share. After being confronted, Johnson pointed a .45 caliber pistol at the officers, causing the officers to fire almost immediately.
Authorities confirmed that the 2 officers had never fired their weapons on duty before. Ballistics evidence confirmed a total of 16 rounds were fired, killing Johnson and hitting 9 bystanders caught in the crossfire. Three bystanders were struck by whole bullets and the rest were grazed by fragments. Several people remained hospitalized over the weekend.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP represents individuals injured by negligent police fire. In 2004, our office successfully represented the family of a young man who was struck and killed by an errant police bullet on Lark Street in Albany.* If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to negligent police conduct, it is important that you speak to an attorney to protect your rights. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
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