Security Expert On Shooting Near ESB: Cops Had No Other Choice

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After gunfire erupted and civilians were hurt on a crowded Midtown street Friday, some were questioning the NYPD’s tactics, including shoot to kill.

However, a security expert who spent 20 years with the Police Department, said officers were left with no other option when Jeffrey Johnson was shot and killed by police after he fatally shot a former co-worker.

The deadly police shooting near the Empire State Building came less than two weeks after another one near Times Square, where knife-wielding Darius Kennedy was taken down by officers.

David Boehm, CEO of Security USA, was with NYPD for two decades, and said in both cases, officers had no choice.

PHOTOS: WARNING GRAPHIC – Shooting Near The Empire State Building

“Right now you have an investigation obviously that is happening,” Boehm told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin.

The key to the investigation could be the surveillance footage that shows Johnson pointing his gun directly at the officers.

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