Early Shabbos morning, April 5th, a shooting took place at the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Utica Ave. in Crown Heights.
The incident occurred at about 3:30am. Police responded to the scene shortly after and found a man who claimed to be the intended target of the gunman. He directed the officers to a produce store on Utica Ave., where they found an African-American male holding a gun.
Police immediately ordered the man, identified as 26-year-old Obatakum Staton, to drop his weapon. When he refused, the officers opened fire, though he was not hit by their bullets.
The alleged gunman then surrendered to police, who arrested him and slapped him with a litany of charges, including several counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.
One officer was then taken to Methodist hospital and treated for tinnitus.