While patrolling the rooftop of a housing project, Officer Richard S. Neri, Jr. and his partner approached a rooftop door to check the stairway inside. The door suddenly opened, allegedly startling Officer Neri, who shot and killed 19-year-old Timothy Stansbury, a resident of the adjoining building who was taking a rooftop shortcut to a birthday party.
New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly had this to say following the shooting: “At this point, based on the facts we have gathered, there appears to be no justification for the shooting. This is a tragic incident that compels us to take an in-depth look at our tactics and training, for both new and veteran officers.” His comments created tension with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (the NYPD union).
Officer Richard S. Neri, Jr. was charged with criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter, but a grand jury refused to indict, finding the shooting to be accidental.
The shooting occurred eight months after the shooting of Ousmane Zongo.
Brooklyn, New York
January 4, 2004