Police were met with gunfire when they attempted to help a New York City man at his apartment. Now, you can see the scene from the officers' perspective after New York City police released bodycam footage of the encounter.
Despite being fired at five times, officers continued to try to negotiate with the man for over an hour.
Dermot Shea, the Police Commissioner of the City of New York, posted a video of the Feb. 2 incident on his Twitter account.
A recent 911 call about a distressed man w/ a gun brought cops to a Bronx apartment. Even after being shot at, @NYPDSpecialops #ESU tried to deescalate the situation for over an hour.— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) February 16, 2021
It’s only thanks to their training & restraint that this didn’t have a very different outcome. pic.twitter.com/w9rCIYwiMH
When the police arrived at a Bronx apartment, the suspect barricaded himself behind his apartment door before firing his gun. Three of his bullets hit a ballistic shield, one hit the hallway wall and another entered a neighboring apartment, according to the NYPD.
The initial call was for a “distressed man,” according to the department.
NYPD officials did not respond to multiple requests for information about the man’s identity and whether he was charged after firing at police.
After trying to talk to the man for over an hour, police smelled smoke coming from the apartment. It was determined the man started a fire inside the home.
The suspect was overcome by the smoke from the fire, so he went out a window onto the fire escape. That is where police found him and detained him.
Shea was quick to praise the officers for their efforts at the scene.
“It’s only thanks to their training & restraint that this didn’t have a very different outcome,” Shea wrote on Twitter.