“No baseball bat. That’s a lie.”

More information is coming out about the man fatally shot by police late last night at 2710 Bainbridge Avenue in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, not too far away from our Fordham University.

The wife of the victim demonstrating how the police shot her husband.
The wife of the victim, Sandra Rodriguez, demonstrating how police killed her husband.

NY1 is reporting that an NYPD officer shot 40-year-old Alex Figueroa in the chest late last night.  The man was taken to St. Barnabus Hospital where he died in surgery.

Police say they were responding to reports of a man with a gun and when they arrived were witness to an altercation involving a man swinging a bat.

Police claim they tried to get the man to drop the bat, but when he refused to respond, they shot him once in the chest.

The Man’s family denies these claims. “No baseball bat,” Sandra Rodriguez, the man’s wife told NY1. “That’s a lie.”

She says he was not a threat to police at all.

“He didn’t do anything,” said Rodriguez. “The cops said, ‘don’t move.’ And then they shot him.”

Writing for the West Bronx Blog,  Tony Richards puts it bluntly:

Here’s my question: For the sake of argument, let’s even say that Figueroa did have a baseball bat.

How does that justify killing him?

The Daily News has also reported on the shooting. Video of the NY1 report is available here.

More video after the jump.The Victim’s Family Speaks Out

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