Off-Duty Cop Kills Man in Road Rage Incident
A road rage incident has left one man dead after an off-duty police officer under investigation shot him twice in Brooklyn.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a probe into the early Monday shooting death of 37-year-old Delrawn Small, whose girlfriend and three children watched in horror as the deadly confrontation unfolded.
The New York Daily News reports that Small, his girlfriend, their 4-month-old son and her two daughters were driving through East New York to meet up with family for the fourth of July. According to a witness, the confrontation began when Small, who was driving a 2016 Kia, felt he had been cut off by Isaacs shortly after the officer’s shift ended.
Video footage of the incident captured Small exiting his vehicle upon reaching a red light, according to police who have not yet released the video.
The Daily News reports a person familiar with the probe said Small’s girlfriend told investigators he had three drinks earlier that day at a barbecue and was easily angered. She says he rebuffed her pleas for him not to get out of the car.
A warrant was obtained to search the 2002 Nissan Altima belonging the Wayne Isaacs, a three-year NYPD police officer. The 37-year-old pulled his service weapon and opened fire at Small from the front seat.
“Words can’t begin to explain the pain I feel right now,” girlfriend Zaquanna Albert posted on Facebook. “… My heart aches for this man and my son who will never remember his dad.”
Police say Small approached the driver’s side window of Isaacs’ car and punched him twice as he sat in the vehicle. That’s when the officer shot Small twice in the stomach.
But according to one witness, the incident didn’t unfold that way.
“Delrawn and the cop’s car almost hit each other. And Delrawn got out of the car and the cop just jumped out and started screaming. He just shot (Small) right there on the street,” said construction worker Lloyd Banks. 43. “(He) was unarmed. His (girlfriend) and kids were still in the car. They saw everything.”
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the department is offering full cooperation in the state probe.
“We are comfortable, based on the preliminary investigation, that this was a road-rage incident,” he said.
Britain also said it’s too early to say whether the officer will face disciplinary action for the incident.