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Harlem standoff: Man found dead after shooting at cops, holing up in apartment, police say

HARLEM, Manhattan — Police discovered a person lifeless inside a Harlem condo Wednesday morning after he shot at NYPD officers and barricaded himself inside with a lady, prompting a large emergency response within the neighborhood, NYPD officers mentioned.

Police initially mentioned the suspect was taken into custody, however NYPD Chief of Division Rodney Harrison later clarified throughout a briefing that officers discovered the person lifeless of an obvious self-inflected gunshot wound to the pinnacle in the lounge. He was pronounced lifeless on the scene, Harrison mentioned.

The lady who was contained in the condo with the suspect was not injured, based on Harrison.

“We consider she has a relationship with the topic concerned. Relating to her function, the investigation remains to be preliminary … she’s protected right now,” Harrison mentioned. “We don’t know, precisely, if she was in peril or not.”

A firearm was recovered contained in the condo, police mentioned.

A person discovered lifeless after taking pictures at cops, holing up in a Harlem condo, Oct. 6, 2021. A gun (inset) was recovered on the condo (PIX11 | NYPD)

The ordeal started when officers went to the constructing on West 147th Road, close to Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, to take the person into custody on a warrant for assault, and probably homicide in reference to a taking pictures in September.

That’s when the suspect immediately opened fireplace on the cops simply earlier than 8:45 a.m., authorities mentioned. Harrison mentioned the suspect fired on the officers at a particularly shut vary.

At the least one officer returned fireplace, however nobody was injured, based on NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.

Along with the big police response on the bottom, an NYPD helicopter was seen hovering over the realm because the standoff continued.

Negotiators have been known as in, however over time the suspect stopped responding, Harrison mentioned.

“At which period, ESU was capable of achieve a visible contained in the condo. The suspect was laying on the bottom, lifeless of what seemed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head,” the police chief added.

Police sources recognized the armed man as 23-year-old Antonio Armstrong.

Harlem standoff suspect Antonio Armstrong
Antonio Armstrong died of an obvious self-inflicted gunshot wound to the pinnacle throughout a standoff with police in Harlem on Oct. 6, 2021, NYPD officers mentioned. (Credit score: Supply)

In line with sources, officers have been investigating Armstrong in reference to a Sept. 13 taking pictures close by on West 139th Road that left a person lifeless from a gunshot wound to the pinnacle.

Police recognized the sufferer in that taking pictures as 24-year-old Menkie Woodard-Collins.

Armstrong had a minimum of seven prior arrests in reference to medication, home violence and a number of other robberies, legislation enforcement sources mentioned.

Submit tricks to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers cell app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then getting into TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are requested to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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