A chaotic Bronx car stop ended Thursday with the driver shot dead by an NYPD sergeant, according to cops, police sources and witnesses.
Cops spotted the man driving without a seatbelt near Bainbridge Avenue and East 211th Street around 3 p.m. and pulled him over, police and sources said.
As a sergeant and two officers ran the driver’s name, they realized he had three open warrants, and told him they’d have to bring him in, sources said.
But the driver — whose name wasn’t immediately released — had other ideas, and a struggle ensued with the sergeant, according to sources.
“The police were screaming to the driver to get out of the car,” said a witness, who also declined to be named and noted that there was a second man in the passenger’s seat.
At some point during the tussle, the sergeant fired his Taser at the motorist, but it either missed or had no effect, sources said.
The wheelman then tried to peel out, sources and witnesses said.
“It looked like he was trying to escape with his car and was driving it back and forth, trying to get away,” said the witness.
During the struggle, one round was fired from the sergeant’s gun, killing the motorist before he could make his escape, sources said.
No injuries were reported to the police.
The witness said that the passenger was also held by police at the scene, though it wasn’t immediately clear what, if anything, he was charged with.
Thursday’s incident comes on the heels of two other NYPD-involved shootings.
Bloods gangbanger Nasheem “Trigger” Prioleau, 30, was shot dead by cops at Brooklyn’s Gowanus Houses on Tuesday night after he fired at a rival — and then at responding officers, authorities have said.
Hours after that incident, Bronx cops wounded a gun-wielding man in the 2-train station at 225th Street and White Plains Road, according to officials.