One man is dead after a police-involved shooting related to a separate fatal shooting at a Queens casino earlier Tuesday morning.
Police shot a man in a white vehicle at Stanley and Pennsylvania avenues in East New York around 6 a.m.
The man, who police identified as Dalton Branch, 51, was taken to Brookdale University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The suspect fled in a white vehicle, initially described as a Dodge Durango.
Branch is suspected of fatally shooting 55-year-old Patsy Mohammed in the parking lot of the Resorts World Casino in South Ozone Park, Queens, just after a.m. Another man who was with Mohammed, also 51, was shot at by the suspect.
In the hours that followed, Branch made a series of phone calls and sent text messages, taunting the survivor of the shooting, relatives of his ex-girlfriend and even a 911 operator, calling himself "the grim reaper."Police said they were able to identify Branch through the text messages and tracked his vehicle.
When they approached his vehicle to arrest Branch, they were fired upon.
Three officers fired back, hitting him multiple times.
The officers were uninjured."They rolled-up on this vehicle to make an apprehension and were immediately fired upon by this individual," NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
A .380 caliber semi-automatic firearm and additional ammunition were recovered at the scene.
Branch has five prior arrests, including for robbery, assault and some weapons charges.
Resorts World Casino released the following statement:"Resorts World is heartbroken by the tragedy that occurred earlier this morning in the casino's parking lot.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's family.