Diana Rocco / Josh Einger
The NYPD sergeant involved in the fatal shooting of a naked woman armed with scissors and a bat was placed on modified duty, his gun and shield removed.
Just after 6 p.m. Tuesday on Pugsley Avenue in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx, a 911 caller told police a woman was in a building’s hallway armed with scissors.
Five New York City Police officers and their patrol sergeant rushed to the scene where 66-year-old Deborah Danner was found in the apartment with scissors in her hand. The sergeant convinced her to put them down.
“After putting down the scissors, the female subject approached the sergeant and grabbed a baseball bat. As she attempted to strike the sergeant, he fired two shots from his service revolver, striking her in the torso,” said Assistant Chief Larry Nikunen. “The sergeant was armed with a taser, it was not deployed, and the reason it was not deployed will be part of the investigation and review.”
Paramedics rushed Danner to Jacobi Hospital, but she died.
The sergeant is an eight-year veteran assigned to the Bronx.
Investigation will look into why the sergeant did not deploy his taser. There have been several incidents involving Danner, with similar types of calls, at the apartment.
Neighbors said the 66-year-old woman had extensive mental health difficulties. Officials said police were there practically once a month when she was not taking her medication.