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

NEW YORK – The New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation (OSI) has opened an investigation into the death of Courtney Gordon, who died on December 3, 2023 following an encounter with members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

In the early morning hours of December 3, officers with the NYPD responded to a reported assault in progress at a residence on Beach 22nd Street in Far Rockaway. When officers arrived, they encountered Mr. Gordon outside the residence and attempted to engage him verbally. Mr. Gordon charged at two officers and injured them with a knife, and an officer opened fire in response. Mr. Gordon was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The injured officers are expected to recover. Officers recovered a knife 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.

The announcement of an investigation is not an indication of misconduct. These are preliminary facts and subject to change.