WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Police in Brooklyn, N.Y. shot and killed a man who they thought had a gun.
Authorities received three 911 calls about a man, Saheed Vassell, who appeared to be pointing a silver firearm at people on the streets. The officers believed they were responding to a shots fired call, according to NBC New York.
Terence Monahan, chief of Department of the New York Police Department, told reporters Vassell turned around and pointed at officers in a "shooting stance" causing the officers to fire 10 shots at the individual.
Four officers fired shots which hit Vassell in his abdomen once, according to CBS New York. Vassell was rushed to the hospital before being pronounced dead. Police say they rushed to administer aid after the shooting occurred.
Monahan says Vassell was holding a pipe with a knob at the end of it. One police officer suffered minor injuries. None of the officers were wearing a body camera when the shooting happened.
No firearm was found at the scene of the shooting.
New York Daily News reports Vassell is known in the neighborhood for "being emotionally disturbed."
“All he did was just walk around the neighborhood,” Andre Wilson, who has known the victim for 20 years, told the publication. “He speaks to himself, usually he has an orange bible or a rosary in his hand. He never had a problem with anyone.”
Family members fought with members of security at the hospital after they refused to let them see Vassell's body.
Tyshawn Vassell, his 15-year-old son, told NYDN his father has "always been there for me no matter what."
“He cared for everybody. If you saw him, he’d always be in a laughing mood. You would never catch him down,” Tyshawn told NYDN. “This is what our society has come to.”
New video and 911 call transcript excerpts from yesterday’s police involved shooting in #Brooklyn. NYPD received several calls from neighborhood residents about a man pointing a gun at people on the street.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 5, 2018
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Vassell's father Eric said Saheed has struggled with bipolar disorder and hasn't taken his medication for years.
“We were always worried for him. We would say should anything happen to him, we just have to do what we can do," the elder Vassell told the publication