Mt. Vernon Bystander Klled in NYPD Shooting

Posted by jhingarat21 on 2nd Sep 2015

NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill addresses the media about an officer-involved shooting in Mount Vernon on Friday.

MOUNT VERNON — A 61-year-old bystander who was shot Friday afternoon when an 

undercover NYPD investigation went awry was pronounced dead at Jacobi Hospital in the 

Bronx early Saturday, officials at the New York City Police Department said.

Police said Felix Kumi, of Bedford Avenue in Mount Vernon, was standing behind a suspect in 

an illegal gun investigation when he was struck twice by an undercover officer from the 

NYPD 

Firearms Investigation Unit near Beekman Avenue and Tecumseh Avenue. He was 

pronounced dead at 12:55 a.m.

Kumi, a father of two, drove a bus for the Mount Vernon school district for the past 10 years, 

said his daughter, Rachel Kumi, 25, as she sat with friends outside her building Saturday, 

some three blocks from the shooting scene.

“We’re doing the best we can for the type of situation this is,” she said. “It’s a travesty that this 

happened.”

She said she learned her father had died from her mother.

“He was kind and loving and concerned; very generous,” she said. “If you ever needed 

anything, my father would never say no.”

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton released a statement expressing “profound sorrow and 

sympathy” to Kumi’s family.

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