Details about NYPD Officers shooting an African-American male in his home Thursday still remain unclear but neighbors claim the victim had been innocent of any wrongdoing.
Police say they arrived outside the home of 26-year old, Dwayne Browne after several 911 calls were made by a woman reporting a “robbery in progress.”
Family members say Browne was upstairs listening to music, when he went outside to check on a possible break-in after seeing two men running from the residence from his window upstairs.
Charles Barron, a city councilman, who was speaking at the scene on Friday morning, said people had gone into Mr. Browne’s house “to do some harm,” just before the shooting. But Mr. Browne’s role in the events and his actions when officers responded to the scene remained murky.
A law enforcement official said that uniformed officers from the 75th Precinct had responded to the address for a call of a “home invasion.”
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing, said that at one point, two officers opened fire. Afterward, the official said, investigators recovered drugs and a scale. The official also said a gun — possibly belonging to the dead man — was recovered at the location.
Another law enforcement official said the weapon the police recovered was a .38-caliber handgun, “with five live rounds and one in the chamber.” But the official said the only bullets fired in the incident came from the police.
The 75th Precinct is where Officer Peter J. Figoski was fatally shot last month as he arrived as part of a backup team to officers responding to a call of a burglary in progress at a basement home at 25 Pine Street, in East New York. In that case, the police said that an armed crew of four men was interrupted as they tried to rob a residence they believed was a base for a marijuana dealing, and that one of the men, Lamont Pride, opened fire.
“They’re trying to cover something up because they stay too long in that house. They’ve been there for hours trying to cover up what they want to cover up,” Browne’s mother told WCBS.
Browne leaves behind a 7-year old son, Dasani.