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
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
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.