A local media outlet has identified the unarmed man gunned down by an NYPD officer early this morning as 22-year-old National Guardsman Noel Polanco.
The Voice was unable to independently confirm the man’s identity, but NBC New York says Polanco had returned home from an overseas tour “a while back” before he was fatally shot this morning by police.
The man reported to be Polanco was pulled over about 5:15 a.m. today after he was seen weaving in and
out of traffic on the Grand Central Parkway, near Exit 7 and LaGuardia
Once stopped, the officer asked Polanco to show his
hands. Polanco, however, reached under the seat, which is when the
officer fired a single shot into his stomach. He died about 30
minutes later. No weapon was found in the vehicle — just a power drill.
An off-duty NYPD officer was supposedly sleeping in the back seat of the car
the entire time — she claims she didn’t witness the shooting.
As we noted in our prior post, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
If we were stopped by a cop and had a sleeping cop in the car
with us, the first thing we’re gonna do is wake her up to speak with the
officer who’s pulling us over — hope that perhaps a little
professional courtesy might lead to a warning rather than a ticket, or
That, apparently, didn’t happen.
The female officer hasn’t been identified. Authorities say she’s a four-year veteran of the force.
Check back for updates.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 4, 2012