A New York man was fatally shot by a police officer on Friday after he pulled a gun on the cop during a traffic stop.
Police say the car carrying 27-year-old Andres Morales was pulled over in Bay Shore, Long Island on Friday night and the man ran from the car.
Police took chase and when they caught up to him Morales pulled out a gun and aimed it at one of the officers.
Suffolk Police Lt. Kevin Beyrer said, “The officer caught up to the passenger, and a confrontation ensued, at which time the passenger produced a handgun. The officer fired at the passenger. The passenger was shot and killed.”
The officer shot Morales twice in the chest, killing him at the scene.
The officer was injured during the altercation as well but his injuries are not believed to be serious.
Local resident Tiffany Garcia said, “You just heard people outside screaming. You heard two gun shots. That’s basically it. It didn’t even sound like gunshots. It sounded like fireworks.”
Morales’ friend, who identified himself only as “Cozzy,” said, “I’m still collecting my thoughts, you know what I mean. This is my brother. C’mon now, this is crazy.”
The two other people who were in the car at the time were questioned but are not suspected of any crime. The man driving the car was issued multiple traffic summonses.
Police believe the shooting was appropriate and in self-defense. Morales also did not have a permit for his gun though thankfully was unable to get a shot off before he was killed.