NY Officer Fatally Shoots 13-Year-Old on Ground; Police Say Teen Pointed Replica Gun

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A New York officer fatally shoots a 13-year-old on the ground; police report the teen pointed a replica gun. Stay informed on this developing incident

Utica Police Release Video of Fatal Shooting of 13-Year-Old Boy Holding Replica Gun

 

NY Officer Fatally Shoots 13-Year-Old on Ground; Police Say Teen Pointed Replica Gun

NEW YORK (AP) — Shock and outrage have gripped Utica, New York, following the release of body camera footage late Saturday showing an officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy who was holding a replica handgun. The incident unfolded late Friday night after police responded to an armed robbery investigation.

 

According to Utica Police Chief, Michael Williams, officers stopped two 13-year-old youths who matched the description of robbery suspects in the area. One of them, identified as Nyah Mway, attempted to flee upon being approached by officers. Body camera footage reveals Mway running from officers and allegedly pointing the replica Glock 17 Gen 5 handgun at them before a pursuit ensues.

 

During a chaotic ground struggle, Officer Patrick Husnay, a six-year veteran of the Utica Police Department, fired a single shot that struck Mway in the chest. Despite receiving immediate first aid from officers on the scene, Mway succumbed to his injuries upon arrival at Wynn Hospital.

 

The handgun wielded by Mway was later confirmed to be a realistic replica, capable only of firing pellets or BBs, according to Lt. Michael Curley, a spokesperson for the Utica Police Department. The incident has sparked widespread outcry, exacerbated by a bystander video showing the moments leading up to the shooting, where officers are seen tackling Mway and engaging in a physical struggle before the fatal shot is fired.

 

In response to the incident, Officers Bryce Patterson and Andrew Citriniti, who were also present at the scene, have been placed on administrative leave with pay alongside Officer Husnay. The release of the body camera footage followed public demands for transparency and accountability, as community members, including Mway’s family, expressed grief and anger during a tense news conference.

 

Utica, a city of over 65,000 residents located northwest of Manhattan, has seen heightened tension following the shooting. Mway, reportedly an 8th grader at Donovan Middle School and a member of the Karen ethnic minority, had roots in Myanmar, where the Karen people have faced conflict with military rulers since the army ousted the elected government in 2021.

 

The Utica Police Department is conducting an internal investigation to assess whether officers followed protocols and training during the incident. Meanwhile, the state attorney general’s office has announced it will conduct its own investigation to determine the justification of the shooting.

 

“This is a tragic and traumatic incident for all involved,” Chief Williams stated at the conclusion of Saturday’s news conference, offering condolences to Mway’s family amid calls for justice and accountability from the community.

 

The fallout from the shooting underscores ongoing concerns over police use of force and the handling of incidents involving minors, further fueling debates on law enforcement practices and community relations in Utica and beyond.


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