Washington Heights shootout involving police: NYPD officers shoot gunman in Fort Washington Park

Police at the scene after NYPD officers shot a man who allegedly pointed a gun at them in Fort Washington Park in Washington Heights on Sunday, November 7, 2021. (Citizen App)

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan – NYPD officers on Sunday evening shot dead a man who allegedly pointed a gun at them in a Washington Heights park, police said.

It all started when someone called 911 to report that someone was in Fort Washington Park shooting what appeared to be a gun, authorities said.

Officers responded around 8:15 p.m. and worked with the caller to 911 to survey the park and locate the man in the park, near West 168th Street, police said.

They encountered a 23-year-old man with a gun and repeatedly ordered him to drop the gun, both in English and Spanish, the NYPD said.

Police said the man did not obey verbal orders and then appeared to point the gun at officers.

At that point, police fired their guns, hitting the man in the hips of the torso, according to an NYPD spokesperson.

He was taken to an area hospital and listed in what police described as stable condition. His identity was not immediately disclosed.

The officers involved were not injured, but were taken to hospital for evaluation, authorities said.

A firearm was recovered from the scene.

Police said investigation into the incident was underway on Monday morning.

Send advice to the police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting Crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, by downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app or texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. Spanish speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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