Jahlire Nicholson, 28 was shot and killed by the police at Westgate and Thurston streets after he threatened his 55-year old mother with a screwdriver. Around 03:30 am on Saturday, a terrified woman cried out for help after she was being held on the stairwell by her own son. Two officers responded to the call immediately. They found Nicholson with a screwdriver and asked him to drop it. Nicholson refused to do so and approached the officers while holding the screwdriver. Consider that to be a potential threat, both officers shot him once hitting him in the leg and shoulder. Later Nicholson was taken to Jamaica Hospital where he died.
Nicholson was arrested several times before
According to source, Nicholson had 10 arrests in his record which includes a 2007 arrest for assault. He was also accused of possessing illegal weapon. There were several domestic violence reports filed against him from 2002 to 2006. The police officers who were involved in the incident were later treated at the Long Island Jewish Hospital for the ringing in ears according to the police. The incident shocked the neighbors as one of the local residents described the neighborhood as a quiet one.
Fourth police shootout in two weeks
The Saturday police shootout is the fourth in 2017. On January 5, Patrick Allen, a 24-year-old suspect was shot in Charleston after he and his partner fired test shots from illegal weapons which alarmed the neighborhood. Later, Patrick was found to be from a powerful New York family whose father in a statement confirmed that he had severed ties with his son long time ago. On January 4, an 18-year-old was shot and killed by the police after he fired a gun in Crown Heights. 63-year-old James Owens, who was carrying a knife, was fatally shot by the police in a house at Canarsie only six hours before the Crown Heights shooting.