Yonkers PD: FBI agent fatally shoots suspect who shot Yonkers officer
The Yonkers Police Department said Wednesday that an FBI agent killed a suspect who shot a Yonkers officer.
Police say the incident happened inside a bodega at 115 Elm Street around 2 p.m.
Yonkers Police Chief John Mueller says the officer involved is a member of the FBI Westchester County Safe Streets task force, a unit that works to cut down on gun violence. The police chief says the detective, who was shot in the stomach, has 27 years with the Yonkers Police Department.
Multiple police sources say the detective involved is Brian Menton, a decorated detective who is set to retire next week. Menton has a twin brother who is also on the task force. Police say his brother drove him to the hospital.
The task force engaged with the suspects in front of the bodega, authorities say. The suspects then went inside the bodega. It's believed that the only shots fired by law enforcement came from the FBI agent.
Police say Menton was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. The police chief says Menton was not wearing a body cam because he is a member of the task force.
"This very effort that they're putting up in trying to make sure people are safe is the residual result of this," says Mueller.
Vanessa Jackson, the suspect's mother, identified him as 28-year-old Bryant Jackson, a father of five from Georgia. She says she is unsure why he was targeted in the investigation.
"I'm not saying he was right or wrong because I have no idea what happened, but I know it didn't take a kill shot to kill my child," says Jackson. "You could've wounded him."
The incident was recorded on surveillance video.
Police say two illegal guns were recovered at the scene. Two other people were arrested.
Gov. Kathy Hochul wrote on Twitter, "Our hearts are with the entire Yonkers community today. We are ready to assist @YonkersPD & @NewYorkFBI however needed."
This is the second police-involved shooting in Yonkers this year.
Mayor Mike Spano says, "What you saw here is very, very proactive policing and that's what our officers do each and every single day."