Update - Officer Involved Shooting

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News Release: News Release: 13/303/0285/(2) Upd1
November 2, 2013

Update – Officer Involved Shooting

Mount Vernon Police District – Detectives have identified the man who died as James Bryant, 28, of no fixed address.

The continuing investigation has revealed that Bryant, a resident at the Eleanor Kennedy Shelter, began assaulting other residents at the shelter. The police were called and two officers arrived. They encountered Bryant who assaulted an officer and wrestled away his baton. During this altercation, Bryant assaulted the second officer with the baton. Officers employed multiple levels of non-deadly force to try to end the assault. These attempts to control Bryant failed to stop his violent actions. The victim officer, previously struck by the baton, discharged his service weapon to stop an additional assault by Bryant. The officers then rendered aid until medical personnel arrived.

The officer struck by the baton was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. He is 35 years old and an 11-year-veteran of the department. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division in the Mount Vernon Police District. Both officers have been placed on routine administrative leave.

There were at least four other victims from the original fight at the shelter. Three of these victims were transported to local hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. The other victims did not require transportation.

All information provided in this release is based on the ongoing investigation and may be subject to revision as the investigation continues.

Police Shoot Man Following an Altercation

(October, 30, 2013)

Mount Vernon Police District – Officers were called to 9155 Richmond Highway on Wednesday, October 30 at 5:59 p.m. for a fight involving individuals at the location. Several individuals were assaulted and injured by a male subject at the scene. Officers responded and encountered the male subject.

A responding officer was assaulted by this individual. During that altercation with officers, an officer discharged his weapon hitting the man. The man was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. Those individuals injured by the subject were taken to local hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.

The case is under active investigation by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Internal Affairs.

All information provided in this release is based on preliminary investigation and may be subject to revision as the investigation continues.


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