A man was found dead after shooting at cops, hiding in an apartment, police said
HARlem, Manhattan – Police found a dead man inside a Harlem apartment Wednesday morning after he shot New York police officers and barricaded himself inside with a woman, triggering a massive emergency response in the neighborhood, New York Police officials said.
Police initially said the suspect had been taken into custody, but NYPD Chief Rodney Harrison later clarified during a briefing that officers found the man dead with a gunshot wound to the head in the living room. Harrison said he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Harrison said the woman who was inside the apartment with the suspect was unharmed.
“We believe it has something to do with the subject matter in question. Regarding her role, the investigation is still preliminary…she is safe at this time,” Harrison said. “We don’t know exactly if she is in danger or not.”
Police said a firearm was found inside the apartment.
The ordeal began when officers went to the building on West 147th Street, near Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, to take the man into custody on a warrant for assault, and possibly murder, in connection with the September shooting.
Authorities said that when the suspect suddenly opened fire on the police shortly before 8:45 a.m. Harrison said the suspect shot the officers at very close range.
At least one officer fired back, but no one was hurt, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
In addition to the significant police response on the ground, an NYPD helicopter was seen circling over the area as the standoff continued.
Harrison said negotiators were called, but over time the suspect stopped responding.
“At that time, ESU was able to obtain a visual image inside the apartment. The police chief added that the suspect was lying on the ground and died from what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head.
Police sources named the gunman as 23-year-old Antonio Armstrong.
According to sources, officers were investigating Armstrong in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on September 13 near West 139th Street, which resulted in the death of a man with a bullet wound to the head.
Police have identified the victim in this shooting as 24-year-old Minky Woodard Collins.
Law enforcement sources said Armstrong had at least seven previous arrests related to drug, domestic violence, and multiple robberies.
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