Video: NYPD arrest deadly suspect who shot officers
By Maki Becker
Source The Buffalo News, New York
Body camera footage released Thursday by Buffalo police, though choppy and sometimes hard to see, shows a tense police call in which two officers could be heard shouting orders as they walked through open land on Friday and were finally shot a man suspected of killing someone. a few minutes earlier.
“Drop your weapon!” they scream several times in the video. “You’re going to get shot!”
The two videos of the officers show them with their guns drawn, then appear to show them firing multiple times as a suspect falls to the ground.
The video shows the officers running towards Nakeem Haynes, 27, of Buffalo, and the video then cuts to show a Glock on the ground. The video captured the sound of one of the officers knocking the gun out of Haynes’s reach.
Police officials identified the officers as Jake Michienzi and Hao Tran – and both had come across an earlier shooting in progress at 1057 Broadway.
With their suspect injured, Tran screamed for a first aid kit and ran towards two police cars that pulled up.
A voice on the video can be heard saying, “He shot us. He also shot someone at Domino’s.”
Tran can be seen opening a medical kit.
Haynes turns around on his own at one point. He is visibly injured, with what appears to be blood on his chest.
“Where did you hit man?” asks one of the officers.
“Take that gun,” someone shouts about the Glock.
Michienzi then unzip Haynes’ jacket, but his injuries are blurred in the video.
Police officials said today the two officers fired 21 shots at Haynes from the time Haynes allegedly fired point-blank range into the windscreen of their patrol car until the chase ended walk.
Haynes, who remains at Erie County Medical Center, has been charged with attempted first degree murder.
Both Tran and Michienzi have been placed on administrative leave, which is department policy for officers involved in shootings.
Haynes is suspected of shooting dead another man, identified as Atlas Johnson, 63, on Broadway outside a laundromat minutes earlier, then shooting Tran and Michienzi through the windshield of their patrol car . There was no video of the officers being shot.
About a minute passed between when Johnson was killed and when police shot Haynes, police spokesman Michael DeGeorge said.
The video released Thursday is 12 minutes and 37 seconds long and includes footage of four police officers involved, including the two officers who fired their weapons, as well as maps and descriptions of the events that took place.
It also includes photos of the bullet hole in the middle of the police cruiser’s windshield, an apparent bullet hole in one of the officer’s holsters, and the Glock handgun that police said Haynes wore.
The series of events began around 7.15pm when two patrol officers, identified as Stephen Clapp and Joshua Aponte, were responding to an unrelated Aldi situation at 998 Broadway. The video explained that at the same time, two other officers – Michienzi and Tran – “occurred during an ongoing shooting at 1057 Broadway”.
Body camera footage of Clapp and Aponte shows officers in the parking lot when the sound of five gunshots can be heard.
The officers immediately get into their patrol car and drive east on Broadway, with Aponte at the wheel.
Clapp’s body camera video picks up audio from radio calls.
“Shots were fired! He shot me! a voice can be heard shouting over the radio.
In the video, Aponte and Clapp turn right onto Sears Street and stop the car in the middle of the street.
“Where are they (expletive)? we hear one of the officers say.
Then more gunshots are heard.
Clapp runs towards the entrance of a laundromat towards someone. The image of the person is blurred. He calls an ambulance: “Roll the ADI here. We have one here.
Aponte’s body camera shows that while Clapp tends to the injured man, he takes down Sears as the gunfire continues.
“Go inside the house,” he can be heard shouting at someone as he runs down the street. “Go inside the house,” he said to another person.
The video shows Aponte walking through a parking lot which, according to the map in the video, is located between Sears and Playter streets.
“Yo! Slow down,” he shouts at a car as he approaches Michienzi and Tran, who are standing next to the Haynes, lying face down on the ground.
“He is shot,” we hear an officer say.
“Are you down?” asks another officer.
“No, he’s shot,” someone clarifies.
Aponte yells at a passerby: “Someone get some water. Get some water and a towel!”
A woman shouts to someone else, “Go get some water and a towel.
Michienzi can be seen in the video claiming that Haynes shot him and Tran.
“He (expletive) shot us,” he says, and he feels around his chest. “I don’t know if he hit me.
There was some confusion over the location of the incident. At first the agents said they were on Kent Street, but it turned out they were on Playter.
The footage of Tran and Michienzi began right after they were shot and exited their vehicle.
“I believe the actions the officers took were within the bounds of the law and within the bounds of department policy,” in terms of the use of deadly physical force, Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, during a press conference on Thursday.
Part of the laws surrounding the use of deadly physical force involves the “danger to the public” of a subject, and there were many people on the streets during the incident, he said.
There is no body camera footage of the part where the suspect allegedly fired at police because officers did not activate their cameras at the time, Gramaglia said.
Officers were on patrol and not on an active call when they discovered the first shooting outside the laundromat. Officers only activate their cameras when they’re on a call, the commissioner said.
They activated their cameras during the chase. They are required to turn them on as soon as it is “safe to do so”, Gramaglia said.
Body cameras are not designed to record throughout a 10-hour shift, he added. The batteries wouldn’t last the entire shift, he said.
Gramaglia said Johnson, the man killed outside the laundromat, was killed “in cold blood”, and called him “innocent”.
There were five bullets fired, apparently by Haynes, in the homicide. Haynes is charged with shooting once in the police cruiser after he jumped on the hood of the vehicle, Gramaglia said. Haynes’ pistol, a .45-caliber Glock 30, could carry 10 rounds, Gramaglia said.
Michienzi shot Haynes when he fired into the police vehicle, the commissioner said. Tran fired five shots and Michienzi fired eight shots at the scene where the chase ended, he said.
Haynes was arrested by Buffalo police in November 2014 for a firearm, Gramaglia said. He was convicted, served time in prison, and then released on parole.
A few years ago, during a check by parole officers, Haynes was found in possession of another handgun, he said. Because that gun was deemed unusable, he was not prosecuted as he was the first time, but it was deemed a parole violation, the commissioner said.
Haynes was paroled in October, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
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