NYPD Sergeant Ritchard Blake was reportedly filmed by a surveillance camera shooting Thayvone Santana in the early morning hours of Aug. 2.
The surveillance video shows the two men exchanging words before Blake reaches for his gun and shoots Santana, reports ABC News.
Blake was off-duty when he shot Santana, and may have tried to plant an object near Santana, but changed his mind when he saw the surveillance camera.
Blake also reportedly claimed that he did not know Santana, and shot him in self-defense after an attempted robbery, but the video appears to contradict that claim.
Santana’s family told WABC that Blake and Santana knew each other, and had been fighting over a woman for weeks.
NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan said: “We think there may have been some dispute prior to this incident.”
Blake was on probation at the time of the shooting, following a domestic battery arrest. Blake has now been placed on “modified duty” following the shooting, according to Chief Monahan.
No weapons where found on Santana, who is in stable condition at Brookdale University Hospital after multiple surgeries.
Ed Mullins, the President of the New York City Sergeants Benevolent Association, used the shooting as an opportunity to lecture the public on due process and defend all police officers, which has nothing to do with the incident:
As the investigation progresses, Sgt. Ritchard Blake is entitled to due process, as is anyone involved in a shooting. It is crucial for the integrity of the law enforcement community, as well as the Sergeants Benevolent Association, that all of the facts are obtained and thoroughly investigated. As the nuances of this unique case are reported, it is also important that the good work that police officers of all ranks do every day not be diminished in any way.