BY JON CRONIN
Plain-clothed police officers in South Ozone Park assigned to the 106th Precinct shot a man on 135th Street after a short pursuit and commands to stop, early Sunday morning.
The two plain-clothed police noticed an SUV double-parked when they were traveling south on 135th Street at approximately 1:33 a.m. The man standing next to it was holding an open bottle of alcohol. The officers approached him when they noticed a gun in his waistband.
The officers attempted to talk to the man, later identified as George Tillman, who in turn, fled the location. The officers chased and gave verbal commands. As Tillman came to the corner of 135th Street and 116th Avenue another unmarked police car stopped and three more plain-clothes officers stepped out. As the officers attempted to engage Tillman, they reported that he began to reach for his gun.
Four of the five officers shot and Tillman was hit several times in the torso. Emergency Medical Services were called and Tillman was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The New York Times later reported that medical examiners stated Tillman was shot 11 times and cause of death was by a gunshot wound to the head.
No officers were injured, but all were transported to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, via EMS, for treatment and evaluation. The names of the police officers have not been released.
The police recovered a .40 caliber Hi-Point firearm at the scene of the shooting. The investigation remains ongoing.
According to a New York Times article, there were varying statements given to the media about whether or not demands were shouted for Tillman to halt when he began to flee and another report from a man on scene that Tillman did not reach for his firearm before he was shot by the officers. It was reported that Tillman made his living as an electrician.
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