NEW YORK (AP) A man who authorities say was shot by a New York City police officer while trying to flee a police chase in Queens on Friday has been charged with second-degree murder.
The Queens District Attorney’s office says that 29-year-old Richard Lee-Watson was shot and killed in Queens after a chase with police and was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The New York Times reports that officers were chasing a man when they saw him in the middle of the street, apparently in a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect’s.
They were able to pull over and find Lee-Betts vehicle, but Lee-Sits got out and ran into the street with his weapon drawn.
The chase ended after he was shot, the Times reports.
Lee-Wilson was arrested in the Bronx on Friday.
He is due in court on Oct. 27.
Police say the officer involved in the shooting is on paid administrative leave.
Police Commissioner William Bratton says the officer will not face any criminal charges.
The officer involved was placed on administrative leave on Thursday.
Authorities have not released the name of the officer.
Lee Wilson, 29, was charged with murder and second-level criminal possession of a weapon on Friday after police said he pointed a gun at an officer who was trying to stop him from fleeing after shooting a man in Queens.
In a statement, Queens District Attorneys Office said: “Based on the preliminary investigation, police believe that Officer Lee-Z had the intent to kill Richard Lee.
This is an extremely tragic incident and the entire police department, including our Professional Standards Division, is committed to working with the family to ensure justice is served.
We will not hesitate to pursue charges against those responsible for this tragic loss of life.”
Police say Lee Wilson was shot in the neck and taken to New York Hospital, where he later died.
The New York Police Department and the New York State Police, which investigates officer-involved shootings, are investigating the incident.
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