A fatal shooting led to a vehicle chase involving police and resulted in one arrest Monday night in New York City, the New York Police Department told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
An unidentified man was fatally shot in Upper Manhattan where police officers responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired, NYPD spokesman Edward Riley told the DCNF. The officers attempted to stop a BMW fleeing the location of the incident but the vehicle accelerated and began a nearly five-mile chase around the length of Central Park, the New York Post reported.
“Upon arrival, officers observed an unidentified adult male, unconscious and unresponsive, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head,” Riley told the DCNF. “A firearm was recovered in close proximity to the victim.”
The unidentified man was pronounced dead at a local hospital, Riley told the DCNF.
Officers pursued the vehicle and arrested one 33-year-old man and recovered a firearm, according to Riley. The vehicle “continued to flee” after the first arrest and it’s unclear whether the driver was caught or arrested.
It’s unclear whether the two men involved in the chase shot the man found at the scene of the first incident, the Post reported. The men who fled appeared to have been with the victim of the shooting.
Overall crime decreased in the city in 2020, despite a 97% increase in shootings and a 44% increase in murders, the Daily Caller reported. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said protests advocating to defund the police department combined with COVID-19 complications created a “dark period” for the department, the Associated Press reported.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to Riley.
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