Police are seen outside the Brownsville Houses on Sutter Ave. in Brooklyn on Saturday.
(Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday, November 19, 2016, 6:32 PM
Two NYPD cops shot a 21-year-old man to death who attacked them with one of their own collapsible batons during a skirmish in a Brooklyn housing project Saturday, officials said.
Erickson Gomez Brito jumped Officers Jennifer Garcia and Andris Bisogno inside the Van Dyke Houses on Sutter Ave. near Mother Gaston Blvd. when they asked him for ID at 1:30 p.m., police said.
Police fired up to nine times, stunned witnesses said.
“They ran in the building and all I heard was shots after that,” said 29-year-old Dominique Cruz, who was in the courtyard when the shooting took place. “I had to hop the gate. I thought they were shooting at me.”
The cops, members of Public Service Area 2, were investigating a report of a suspicious person in the building when they found Brito on the ninth floor and asked for his identification, according to NYPD Housing Chief James Secreto.
“A conversation ensued (with Brito),” Secreto said during a press conference near the scene of the shooting. “The next thing you know, a scuffle ensued with this man.”
“At one point the officer removes his metal baton and the subject gets a hold of it and begins assaulting the two officers,” Secreto added.
As both cops were hit in the head they opened fire, striking Brito.
Responding officers took Garcia and Bisogno to Jamaica Hospital in their squad cars.
Bisogno suffered a deep, two-inch gash to his head that required several staples to close, police said.
Erickson Brito, 21, was shot by two cops after he assaulted Police Officers Jennifer Garcia and Andris Bisogno at 1:30 p.m. inside the Van Dyke Houses in Brooklyn.
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“There was a lot of blood,” said one police source. “It looked like he had his head split open.”
Garcia suffered bruises to her head and underwent a CAT scan, police sources said.
Building residents described Brito as a “loner” who always wore his signature green hoodie.
“He didn’t bother nobody,” said neighbor Cruz. “He sits in the staircase and smokes cigarettes.”
Brito’s cousin Alex Gomez, 29, didn’t believe that his relative, who he said takes medication for a mental condition, would attack the cops.
“He stays home most of the time,” said Gomez. “He’s gotten beat up (by the police) a few times. He doesn’t fight.”
“You hear the whole neighborhood saying he don’t bother nobody, so what happened?” asked a former resident of the building, who would only identify herself as Delores.
“I don’t understand why these cops have Tasers and they still have to kill people.”