The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of Rameek Smith, who died on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, following an encounter with members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
On the evening of Tueaday, May 10, 2022, a member of NYPD pursued Mr. Smith on foot along Third Avenue, Claremont Parkway, and Bathgate Avenue in the Bronx.
Mr. Smith fired a handgun, injuring the officer. That officer and a second officer fired their service weapons, wounding Mr. Smith, who was later pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital.
The injured officer was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital and was later released.
The NYPD recovered a handgun at the scene.
Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person, by an act or omission. Under the law, the officer may be on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may be armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not be in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.
These are preliminary facts and subject to change.