Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said the shooting happened following a struggle with the suspect. He said an officer from the Special Narcotics Unit fired one time, striking 18-year-old Rahmarley Graham in the chest.
The shooting happened around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the bathroom of the apartment house where Graham lived with his mother and grandmother.
The suspect’s mother also said that the teen’s grandmother and 6-year-old brother were inside the house at the time of the shooting.
“In the bathroom they shot him. My 6-year-old son was there and saw everything,” Malcolm said. “I’m going to get justice.”
The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the details.
Update: The NYPD has admitted that there was no struggle and the police were undercover and in plain clothes.
It’s not clear whether the officers identified themselves before pursuing Rahmarley Graham.
This marks the third young black man killed by the NYPD in last week.