Mount Vernon, New York
August 29, 2015
Agencies: New York Police Department NYPD
Cause of death: Shooting
Last updated: about 4 years ago
Felix Kumi, a 61-year-old bystander has died after he was accidentally shot by a plainclothes officer during an undercover gun buy that went wrong. Police said during the undercover buy, the suspects tried robbing the officer. That’s when the officer signaled to his backup team, which opened fire on the suspects as they fled with the money. In the process, two bullets struck Kumi as he stood on Beekman Avenue, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported. The suspect who had put the gun to the officer’s head was also shot, police said. He’s listed in stable condition.
On September 1, 2015, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declined take over the investigation into the death of Kumi despite a recent order by Governor Cuomo, giving him the right to do so. Cuomo two days later said he supported Schneiderman's decision in this case.
It was reported on September 28, 2015 that City Council President Marcus Griffith requested New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to meet with officials from Mount Vernon to discus Mount Vernon officials' concerns regarding the Kumi case.