Tyquarn Graves, 33

Brooklyn, New York
June 02, 2020

Agencies: New York Police Department NYPD

Cause of death: Shooting

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Tyquarn Graves, 33, was killed Tuesday night in Crown Heights shortly after cops said he shot and wounded another man — then refused to drop his weapon and moved as if he was going to fire at the 10 officers facing off with him, according to police.

“He had a gun in his hand. They saw it," Chief of Department Terrance Monahan said shortly after the incident. “The officers gave orders for the male to drop the weapon. We hear the officers for over a minute — ‘He’s moving his hands, he’s getting up. He’s gonna go. He’s gonna go. Please drop the gun! Please drop the gun!’”

But Graves’ relatives demanded to know why so many cops had to open fire just to bring down one man.

“It was overkill,” said Graves’ uncle Paul Stroud. “We want answers. We just want answers."

Speaking through tears, Graves’ mother, Motique Graves, said police “overdid” it.

“The doctors said the first shot from the cops hit him in the chest and killed him. He was dead right there on the scene. Why did it take so many cops? They overdid it. It was just too much," she said.