The second fatal police shooting took place six hours later at around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday on Atlantic Avenue near Grand Avenue in Crown Heights.
Monahan said a plainclothes sergeant and two plainclothes officers were on patrol when they heard gunfire and saw a man firing a gun into the Beehive lounge on Atlantic Avenue.
“People was fighting in front of the club. Dudes started shooting, everybody started running and screaming,” one witness said.
“The officers exited their vehicle, identified themselves to the suspect who ran from the officers,” said Monahan. “The suspect turned on the officers with his gun in hand and two of the police officers discharged their weapon, striking the suspect in the torso.”
The man, who police later identified as 18-year-old Joshua Martino, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The officers were also taken to an area hospital for evaluation.
Police said a .38 caliber revolver was recovered at the scene. No one inside the lounge was hurt.
Monahan said Wednesday it’s unusual to have two police-involved shootings in one night, but said, “this is something that happens.”
“It’s a big city, again we had probably our best year ever in crime. The least amount of shootings that we’ve ever had,” he said. “This was an incident, where, in two separate occasions, our officers were faced with people coming at them with deadly instruments, deadly weapons, and we engaged and luckily, all our officers are safe.”
The investigation into both incidents is ongoing.