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

NEW YORK – The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of Eric Duprey, who died on August 23, 2023 following an encounter with members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in the Bronx.

On the evening of August 23, in the vicinity of 2505 Aqueduct Avenue, an NYPD officer threw a picnic cooler at Mr. Duprey, who was riding a motorbike. The cooler hit Mr. Duprey and caused him to fall on the ground. Mr. Duprey was pronounced dead at 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 may have caused the death, OSI proceeds to conduct a full investigation of the incident.

These are preliminary facts and subject to change.