By Sasha Gonzales
Police shot and killed an unarmed driver in the Bronx Thursday following a violent struggle, the NYPD said.
Allan Feliz, 31, was pulled over for not wearing his seat belt as he drove down Bainbridge Avenue near 211th Street in Norwood about 3 p.m., police said.
Officers on scene ran a check on Feliz and learned he had three open warrants for minor violations, including one for littering. When they tried to arrest him, he resisted and a violent struggle ensued, police said.
“As the officers attempted to arrest him outside the vehicle, the man physically resisted and got back into the car,” said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan. “While both front doors of the car were still open, the male initiated a violent struggle.”
“During the struggle, the man shifted the car into drive, moving the car forward and backward, with the sergeant still inside the vehicle,” Monahan said, adding that a Taser was deployed but failed to subdue Feliz. “It was after the car went into reverse that the sergeant fired one round from his service weapon, striking the male in the chest.”
Feliz was rushed to Montefiore Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him dead.
Drugs were also found inside the vehicle, police said.