Deborah Danner was shot twice by sergeant and eight-year NYPD veteran Hugh Barry, who both the mayor and police commissioner say did not follow protocol for dealing with a person who is emotionally disturbed.
— vaughnholloway (@vaughnholloway) October 19, 2016
Police were called to Danner’s 7th floor apartment in the Bronx after receiving a report about the woman acting irrationally. When officers arrived, Danner was naked in her bedroom, wielding a pair of scissors.
— Deborah Danner (@DeborahDanner) October 8, 2012
Barry convinced Danner to drop the scissors, but instead she picked up a baseball bat and “attempted to strike him.” The sergeant then opened fire, hitting her twice in her torso. She was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after.
"What is clear in this one instance, we failed. I want to know why it happened," O'Neill told ABC New York. "We do have policies and procedures for handling emotionally disturbed people and it looks like some of those procedures weren't followed."
Barry was carrying a taser, which he did not attempt to use before deadly force.
— Deborah Danner (@DeborahDanner) August 13, 2012
Danner has had other run-ins with the NYPD, who have previously safely taken her to the hospital, with the help of her sister, Jennifer. Her sister was present during this incident, expecting to again assist authorities in escorting the disturbed woman to the hospital.
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The mayor did not hold back with his criticism of the officer’s actions.
"Something went horribly wrong here," the mayor stated. "It's quite clear our officers are supposed to use deadly force only when faced with a dire situation and it's very hard for any of us to see that that standard was met here."
The police union, naturally, is defending the officer.
Barry has been placed on modified duty pending an investigation into the incident. He had previously completed training specifically on how to handle people with mental illness.
"Deborah Danner should be alive right now, period," de Blasio said. "If the protocols had been followed, she would be alive. It's as simple as that."