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 ­­Djamshed Nematov, who died on March 8, 2024 following an encounter with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in Queens. 

At approximately 6:50 p.m. on March 8, the NYPD received a 911 call reporting a man stabbing his wife in a second-floor apartment in Queens. When NYPD officers arrived, they found Mr. Nematov in the hallway holding a knife. Mr. Nematov allegedly advanced toward the officers with the knife raised. One officer deployed his taser and two other officers fired their service weapons. Mr. Nematov was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Officers recovered two knives 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.