Staten Island Advance
updated January 06, 2017 at 10:28 AM


Frightening weapons, gunshots and a manhunt: How the story unfolded

By MAURA GRUNLUND, MIRA WASSEF, EDDIE D'ANNA, ANTHONY DEPRIMO and JAN SOMMA-HAMMEL

Police set up evidence cones on Kreischer Street on Thursday morning in the vicinity of a police-involved shooting. The residential block is edged with woods near where the shooting took place. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel) See more images in Staten Island Advance's Photo Gallery.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A heavily-armed man wearing a bulletproof vest was shot by police officers after he pointed a gun at cops in a wild incident in Charleston early Thursday morning, which sparked a massive manhunt for another suspect who fled into the woods, the NYPD said.

The second individual was taken into custody several hours later and is being questioned, police said. 

Cops encountered the men at approximately 1:10 a.m., when police responded to calls reporting shots fired in the vicinity of Androvette Street and Arthur Kill Road, according to the NYPD.

Here are live updates as this story develops:

Cops: 4 guns recovered, charges pending

Police recovered four firearms from the scene, including three automatic guns and a machine gun, NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan said during a press conference in Queens.

The guns were unlicensed, police said.

Patrick Allen, who was shot by cops, and Jonathan Derbyshire were both taken into custody, according to Monahan. Both have prior arrests, he said.

"Both males are currently under arrest," he said.

Charges are still pending against the suspects.

PBA: 'Extremely dangerous environment' for cops

Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, sounded out about the police-involved shooting in our borough.

"This morning's shootout on Staten Island is further proof of the extremely dangerous environment that New York City police officers now face," Lynch said in a statement.

"On any call police officers respond to they could be confronted by perps armed to the teeth with assault weapons and body armor, as was the case today. These are the types of situations that made 2016 the deadliest year for U.S. law enforcement in a half decade."

He called for increased support for law enforcement from politicians and the general public.

"NYC police officers need to be treated like professionals, paid like professionals, and given the equipment and training we need to counter these increasing threats," Lynch said.

NYPD: Suspects 'test-fired' guns in woods

The preliminary investigation indicates that the two suspects in the police-involved shooting were hanging out together when they went outside of a house in the vicinity to test-fire some guns, NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan told reporters in Queens.

The suspect who was shot pointed his gun at officers, but it hasn't yet been determined whether the suspect fired at police, the official said.

Frenzied radio transmissions depict encounter

Emergency radio transmissions from early Thursday morning offer a real-time depiction of the harrowing encounter between police officers and an armed suspect.

"Shots fired!" one officer can be heard yelling, as he repeatedly transmits the 10-13 code for officer in assistance.

"Androvette and Kreischer! Androvette and Kreischer!"

"We got one male down, we got another perp," the officer says, describing a male with a brown jacket running into the woods.

Additional officers and helicopter units are summoned.

A four-minute recording of those transmissions has been posted on YouTube:

Police officials expected to discuss incident

Top NYPD officials, including Commissioner James O'Neill, are expected to discuss the shooting following an 11 a.m. swearing-in ceremony in Queens for new recruits entering the Police Academy.

Manhunt delayed opening of some businesses

The shooting took place about two blocks away from Project Brunch, the brunch-only restaurant at 4553 Arthur Kill Road. When the morning crew came in at 5 a.m., police said the staff couldn't open due to the manhunt.

With the Emergency Service Unit officers, helicopters and dogs roaming the neighborhood, Project Brunch could open the doors finally at 7 a.m.

"I'm just glad people are here," said owner Jodi Guagliardo. The dining room was seated almost to capacity but there was no line out the door, as is usually the case at 9 a.m.

The staff brought coffee and egg sandwiches to police on patrol in the area.

'It was something big going on'

Watch the video below for Charleston residents' account of the dramatic police-involved shooting and subsequent manhunt in their community:

3rd police-involved shooting since Tuesday

NYPD officers have been involved in three shootings of suspects over the past two days. In addition to the shots fired by cops that wounded a suspect in Charleston, police discharged their weapons in two separate incidents where suspects died in Brooklyn. 

James Owens, 63, was shot and killed on Tuesday at about 9:30 p.m. after uniformed officers from the 69th Precinct responded to a 911 call for a non-violent, emotionally disturbed person inside of 967 E. 99th St. in Brooklyn.

As the officers entered, Owens allegedly emerged from a back room and retrieved a 13-inch knife from the kitchen and advanced towards the officer.

An officer used a taser on Owens, but it had no impact since the knife-wielding suspect continued to advance toward the officers. A second officer discharged his firearm and requested an ambulance.

Joshua Martino, 18, of Bridge Street in Brooklyn, died after he was shot in Brooklyn during gunplay with police. A sergeant and two police officers, all in plain clothes, were on patrol in the vicinity of Atlantic and Grand Avenues in Brooklyn at about 3:40 a.m. Wednesday. The officers heard gunfire coming from the vicinity of 990 Atlantic Ave. and allegedly saw Martino firing a gun into a lounge.

Martino ran and then allegedly turned on the officers with his gun in hand and the two police officers fired, striking the suspect in the torso, the police statement said. 

Person of interest identified

The "person of interest" currently being question by police has been identified as Jonathan Derbyshire, 25, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

He was taken into custody around 6:30 a.m. coming out of a wooded area about a mile from the shooting.

Suspect, Patrick Allen, 24, remains hospitalized at Staten Island University Hospital, with several non-fatal gunshot wounds.

Allen has several past arrests on drug charges and refused to speak with police, according to the New York Daily News.

Police have not announced any charges at this time.

'Get back in your house!'

Charleston residents were on edge after the NYPD descended on the community in the immediate aftermath of the overnight shooting.

"Once I saw this massive police response, I knew it was something quite out of the ordinary," said one man who lives around the block. "I actually opened my door to ask one of the officers what was going on, and they yelled 'get back in your house.' 

"I quickly figured out they were looking for somebody because more cops came," he continued. "I could see that there were heavily armed officers coming with helmets and rifles. So then we were pretty concerned."

NYPD conducts operations on Ellis Road on Thursday morning following the Charleston shooting. (Staten Island Advance/ Jan Somma-Hammel)


Detours remain as investigation continues 

Police officers still have streets roped off in the area as they investigate.

Androvette and Kreischer Street, where police say the gunfire exchange took place, remains cordoned off with several evidence casings on the ground.

Police are also blocking Ellis Road, where the "person of interest" was taken into custody.

The S78 buses are running with delays in both directions due to the NYPD investigation, according to MTA.info.

Helicopters continue to fly over the area.

Motive unknown at this time

Officers have not yet determined what they men were initially doing in the area with the weapons and body armor and are considering multiple possibilities, including hunting, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

Wounded suspect identified

Police sources have identified the suspect shot by police as Patrick Allen, 24.

He is currently in stable condition at Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze.

Sources: 2nd 'Person of interest' in custody

The "person of interest" who fits the description of the suspect who fled was taken into custody Thursday morning, according to multiple police sources.

That person, a male, is being questioned and has not been charged at this time.

Police radio communications indicated that the person of interest was nabbed near Ellis and Arthur Kill roads at approximately 6:30 a.m.

Police and K9 units continue to investigate in the area.

Police released photos of guns and body armor recovered from the scene.


NYPD account of shootout

At 6:37 a.m., the NYPD released the following account of what happened, from Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre, the NYPD's borough commander:

The incident began at about 1:10 a.m. when police received two calls from the 123 station house and also from 911 reporting shots fired in the vicinity of Androvette Street and Arthur Kill Road. 

A marked patrol car with a sergeant and a police officer responded to the scene and the officers canvassed the area and wound up at the corner of Kreischer Street and Androvette, Delatorre said.

Cops noticed two male suspects, one who fled into the woods and the other who initial reports indicated approached from the side of a building.

The second suspect then turned toward the officers and drew a  9mm Glock 26. 

"The officers responded by firing several shots back at the male and struck him numerous times, I believe three times, in the left leg, once in the left arm," Delatorre said.

Delatorre's account doesn't indicate whether the suspect fired his gun during the encounter with police.

After the wounded suspect was taken into custody, police realized "he had a ballistic vest on and there may be evidence that he was also struck in the vest, although we haven't fully examined the vest at this time because it is still a part of the crime scene," Delatorre said in the statement.

Police followed the other suspect who ran into the woods and after canvassing the area, officers found an AR 15 semi-automatic rifle, evidence of several shells that may have been fired in that area in the woods near the street and a large hunting knife, Delatorre said.

The suspect who may still be at large is described as a white male, about 25 years old, wearing a brown, canvas waist-length jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to visit the NYPD's Crime Stoppers website, call the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477 (TIPS) or for Spanish, 1-888-577-4782 (PISTA) or text their tips to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Live broadcast of shooting response, manhunt

Advance reporter Shane DiMaio live covered the NYPD manhunt and initial response once the shooting was reported.