Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation Opens Investigation into Civilian Death in Brooklyn

NEW YORK – The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of Jermaine Hickson, who died on November 10, 2022, following an encounter with members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

On the evening of November 10, NYPD officers responded to an incident near the intersection of Neptune Avenue and West 36th Street in Brooklyn. When officers arrived, they encountered Mr. Hickson who allegedly started firing his gun in their direction. The officers returned fire, and then performed first aid until EMS arrived. Mr. Hickson was pronounced dead at the scene. The NYPD recovered a gun from the scene.

Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person, by an act or omission. Under the law, the officer may be on-duty or off-duty, and the decedent may be armed or unarmed. Also, the decedent may or may not be in custody or incarcerated. If OSI’s assessment indicates an officer caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.

These are preliminary facts and subject to change.