A robbery suspect was exposed to police gunfire during a manhunt in New York City, newly released police body camera video shows.
Daniel Rivera, 39, lies on the ground in a wooded park in the Bronx near Yankee Stadium as NYPD officers comb the park to find him. He was seen lying down. the video showed.
“I see something over there,” one of the officers, Gustavo Ochoa, was heard saying. “Let me see your hands! Let me see your hands! Show me your hands!” he commanded, looking at Rivera.
“Be careful,” Officer Ochoa told his colleague. A gunshot rang out, followed by another.
The shooting occurred at approximately 12:11 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2022, the NYPD said in a video. The video itself was released on November 24, 2023.
The NYPD said in a video that Officer Yorkie Burgos was leading a search around 12:02 a.m. for a stolen vehicle that had previously fled from police. Officer Burgos spotted the vehicle again, but the vehicle fled again and then crashed. The residents fled on foot, and a police manhunt began, according to the NYPD.
Officer Burgos reportedly encountered Rivera a short time later on the pedestrian bridge. According to the NYPD, Mr. Rivera fired at Officer Burgos, who returned fire and Mr. Rivera fled. Additional officers arrived in response to the gunfire. Officers crossed a pedestrian bridge into Serbia Park and, after searching for several minutes, found Rivera lying on the ground in a wooded area. According to the New York City Police Department, Rivera was said to be armed and when he stood up, Burgos, Ochoa and other officers opened fire, firing a total of 30 shots. (RELATED: Video Shows Robbery Suspect Raise Two Knives and Charge at Officers Before Being Shot)
Officers recovered two guns believed to belong to Rivera at the scene, according to the video. “Mr. Rivera fired at least two shots from his gun,” the New York City Police Department said, referring in part to Rivera’s first encounter with Burgos.
Rivera, a deli worker, musician, father of one, and former prisoner, was seriously injured and died at the hospital the next day. New York Daily News reported.
The New York City Police Department says the police shooting remains under investigation.