NASSAU — The number of suspects shot dead by police this year jumped to six early yesterday when police killed a man after a reported attempted armed robbery near Columbus Primary School’s playing field.
Police said they responded to the armed robbery around 3 a.m. and saw two men walking on Hampton Street armed with a handgun holding a man hostage.
As officers approached the men, one of the suspects raised and pointed a handgun at them, police said.
Police then fatally shot the armed suspect, who died at the scene.
The other suspect fled on foot, police said.
This is the latest in a string of police involved shootings.
One suspect was shot dead by police in March; one in April; one in May; two in June; and one so far in September, according to The Nassau Guardian’s records.
The Guardian reported back in July that police involved shootings were up 37.5 percent for the second quarter of 2012.
Three suspects were shot by police in February; two in March; one in April; three in May; four in June; five in July and two in August.
Superintendent Stephen Dean said in situations like the one yesterday morning, police have to make split second decisions.
“The time you spend to think, it could be your life and that’s how serious it is out there,” he said. (Nassau Guardian)