Verdict expected for NYPD Sgt. charged in shooting death of Bronx woman

NYPD Sergeant Acquitted Of All Charges In Bronx Woman's 2016 Death

NYPD Sergeant Acquitted Of All Charges In Bronx Woman's 2016 Death

A Bronx judge on Thursday acquitted a New York City police sergeant of murder and other charges in the 2016 shooting death of a mentally ill woman who picked up a bat when police entered her apartment. Police had been called to her home previously.

"There is no victory here today, only relief that justice has been served and a good man who was doing a hard and unsafe job has been exonerated", Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, tweeted.

Hugh Barry was found not guilty of murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the death of Deborah Danner. He had earlier persuaded her to put down scissors.

During closing arguments Wednesday, Barry's attorney tried to re-create the situation by picking up the bat used by Danner. Reportedly, she was armed with a baseball bat and was seemingly emotionally unstable.

"She was too fast for me", Barry said.

Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O'Neill both condemned the shooting at the time. "The last thing I want was for her to go into the room and get the scissors". He went on to say that Danner can not be seen as an emotionally disturbed person because the moment she grabbed the bat, she become a person with a weapon.

The prosecution came out strong against inconsistencies they saw in Barry's testimony on Tuesday - like how close Barry was to Danner at the time of the shooting and whether she actually swung the bat, which they believe would prove if Barry was in fact in imminent danger.

Barry, who opted for a non-jury trial, testified during the two-week proceeding that he fired two bullets into the schizophrenic woman - reaching for his service weapon and not a taser - because he feared for his life. "I'm looking at this bat that can crack me in the head and kill me".

The death of Danner, who was black, at the hands of Barry, who is white, invited comparisons to the 1984 police killing of another black Bronx woman, Eleanor Bumpurs, who was shot after waving a knife at officers.

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