HARLEM, Manhattan – The NYPD has released body-cam footage of a police-involved shooting in Manhattan that left an officer shot in the chest and saved by his bulletproof vest and the naked suspect dead.
Officers had responded to a call about a man acting erratically, banging on doors and breaking glass, at an apartment building on Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem around 2am on October 23, 2019.
Eight officers were searching for him, when Officer Christopher Wintermute encountered 29-year-old Victor Hernandez in the hallway.
Police say Hernandez was naked and holding a semiautomatic .09-mm handgun, and a struggle ensued. Hernandez opened fire and struck Wintermute in the vest before other officers fatally shot him.
Wintermute was treated at St. Luke’s Hospital and was released several hours later.
Police said a total of 17 shots were fired, 10 of which hit the suspect, who happened to be the son of a retired NYPD officer.
Authorities say Hernandez had no history of mental illness or drug use but did have six prior arrests for domestic violence.