Brooklyn injury attorney reports: Woman killed by stray NYPD bullet

09/20/2011 // New York City, New York, USA // New York City Accident Lawyer // Jonathan C Reiter

On Monday, September 5, 2011, a woman was shot and killed by a stray bullet in Brooklyn, according to information received by Brooklyn injury attorney Jonathan C Reiter. The bullet, which was fired during a shootout between police officers and a man by the name of Leroy Webster, reportedly did not come from Webster’s gun.

The 56-year-old mother, Denise Gay, was killed by a 9mm bullet, as stated by Brooklyn injury attorney Jonathan C Reiter. Reiter reports that the bullet appeared to have been fired by a semi-automatic Glock, the weapon used by two different New York City Police Department officers but not by Webster.

Brooklyn injury attorney Jonathan C Reiter explains that an NYPD spokesperson said an investigation into whose gun fired the shot that killed Gay continues, but warned that police may never find out; as the groove marks on the bullet that struck her are the same for Glocks and six other gun manufacturers.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne stated, “They’ll never be able to determine a specific weapon…They can only exclude Webster’s gun.”

Brooklyn injury attorney explains that, while there was a third party involved in the shootout, who was killed, a gun was not linked to that individual.

There is a conflict between testimonies, according to Brooklyn injury attorney Jonathan C Reiter, as to whether the third party did or did not have a weapon.

Friends and family of the deceased woman told sources Gay died a hero. Her brother explained, “The last thing Denise did before she died was to try to push everyone out of harm’s way…She tried to push everyone into the vestibule when she went down.”

According to police reports, noted the Brooklyn injury attorney, the shooting began when eight officers in two vans approached the gun-carrying Webster outside his home (next door to Gay) in response to the killing of a man he had been arguing with named Eusi Johnson. Webster opened fire on police, which initiated a round of shots from the officers. When Webster opened fire a second time, police retaliated again.

Police fired 73 shots total. Webster fired seven shots, injuring two officers. An investigation will be under way to see if there was any wrongdoing on the part of the police.

If you have been injured or had or a loved one killed as a result of the NYPD, you may be entitled to compensation for the cost of medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages due to time missed from work, as well as pain and suffering, according to Brooklyn injury attorney Jonathan C Reiter.

A New York City injury lawyer can help you with the filing of such a lawsuit. If injured by an officer within one of New York’s five boroughs including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx contact the law firm of JC Reiter for a complimentary case evaluation by calling 888-464-1952 or visiting Let Jonathan Reiter’s 30 plus years of proven experience as a leading Brooklyn injury attorney go to work fighting for you.

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