Undercover police officers responding to a report of a brawl at a Brooklyn bar early Sunday fatally shot a 43-year-old security guard and wounded a 19-year-old man, both of whom were holding guns, the police said.
The fight was raging when the officers arrived at the Norwood Palace Sports Bar at 3138 Fulton Street in Cypress Hills.
“It was a tumultuous situation, we see that from the security tapes,” said the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly. “Chairs were being used and at least one shot was fired inside the bar.”
As customers were fleeing, “they heard those shots and they ran right in,” he said of the officers. “It was a dangerous situation.”
When the officers tried to enter the bar, they met Donovan Wilson, 19, coming out a side door with a .25-caliber pistol, Mr. Kelly said. “As he pushes the door, he fires to his left — and then he turns and faces the officers. The officers were very close.”
One of the officers shot Mr. Wilson three times, in the elbow and hip, and he dropped his weapon, Mr. Kelly said. Mr. Wilson was listed in stable condition at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
As the officers made their way into the bar, Mr. Kelly said, they saw the security guard, Kevin White, pointing a pistol at them.
One of the officers shot Mr. White once in the neck. He was pronounced dead at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.