New York — A New York police officer shot and killed a man outside a bar on Tuesday evening after a confrontation over a parking space.
Police in the city of Queens, where the incident took place, said in a statement that the suspect had been arrested.
Officers were searching for a person who was “trying to flee the scene” and the incident happened on the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue, the statement said.
Police said they did not immediately know whether the man was injured.
The man was later identified as 31-year-old Michael Oquendo, of Queens.
Oquando was wearing a white T-shirt and shorts.NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill called the shooting a “sad day” for the city and urged New Yorkers to avoid crowds.
The department has been under intense scrutiny after a string of high-profile police shootings, including the death of Eric Garner, who died in a chokehold after a New York grand jury declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death.
Oquendo is the fourth police officer in the past month to be killed by gunfire.
Two other officers were killed in New Orleans in October.
The city’s police department has faced criticism for a lack of accountability, with some officers facing discipline for using excessive force.
In February, a grand jury rejected an appeal from the officers’ union that would have allowed for an investigation into the incident.
The shooting happened at a bar called Black Bar, located in the same neighborhood as the Manhattan hip-hop club The Killers.
Police said in their statement that Oquenda had “repeatedly called 911 to report an altercation.”
He then turned to confront another man who was in the bar, the New York Post reported.
O’Donnell then fired two shots, hitting the man in the neck, the Times reported.
A video posted on social media showed Oquanto being rushed to a hospital and undergoing surgery.
The NYPD released a statement saying the department was reviewing the incident to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.
“I can assure you that we are taking this matter very seriously and will fully investigate and determine if there is sufficient evidence to support criminal charges against our officers,” the statement read.