At around midnight Monday, the officer was heading east on Atlantic Avenue in East New York in his Nissan Altima when he got into a dispute with 37-year-old Delron Dempsey, driving a Kia, according to police.
The off-duty cop shot Dempsey after Dempsey allegedly got out of his car and began punching the officer in the head during the dispute around midnight in East New York, according to police. But family members disagreed with the NYPD’s account, saying Dempsey was shot “on impulse” and was defending his brother.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a probe into the early Monday shooting of Dempsey, whose girlfriend and three kids watched in horror as the lethal confrontation unfolded.
“Words can’t begin to explain the pain I feel right now,” girlfriend Zaquanna Albert posted on Facebook. “… My heart aches for this man and my son who will never remember his dad.”
A warrant was obtained to search the 2002 Nissan Altima belonging to Wayne Isaacs, 37, a three-year NYPD cop, assigned to the 79th Precinct. The officer who is a Brooklyn resident pulled his service weapon and opened fire at Dempsey from the front seat.
He was treated at the hospital for minor injuries to his face and head.
Police sources tell Eyewitness News that Delron Smalls Dempsey had 19 prior arrests.
There is no word yet on whether charges will be filed.