Police kill pellet-gun-packing Bushwick teen

Gunned down: Police say this is the pellet gun Sergio Reyes was pointing at them when they shot him.
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Police officers shot and killed an 18-year-old in Bushwick early Sunday morning after they say he tried to rob a bodega then pointed what turned out to be a pellet gun at them.

Three cops responded to a report of Bushwick man Sergio Reyes holding up the deli on Starr Street and Irving Avenue at 12:40 am, and found him heading towards Knickerbockers Avenue, according to a report.

When the officers confronted Reyes, they say he raised the gun towards them, and the cops responded by firing several rounds into the teen — hitting him 14 times in the city’s Medical Examiner.

Emergency responders took Reyes to Woodhull Hospital, where he later died, officials said.

Police have released a photo of the pellet gun and a security-camera still of a masked man holding up the bodega at gunpoint.

The clerk says the robber was trying to steal beer, according to the New York Times.

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Updated 1:50 pm, February 21, 2017: Updated with details from the Medical Examiner.
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Reasonable discourse

too bad from Brooklyn says:
When I was a kid, we'd just gave a few bucks to the older guys and they'd get the beer for us. Sometimes, they'd even give us the money back and tell us to be careful or not to do anything stupid.

Too bad this guy was too shy or too proud to just ask for help.

When you mess with the bull, you get the horns.

Keep it simple and try to get through this life we've been fortunate enough to have been given.
Feb. 20, 2017, 11:24 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Anyone remember when the drinking age actually WAS 18 in New York?
Feb. 20, 2017, 2:36 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
This sort of thing used to be all in good fun.
Trump has ruined everything about city living.
Feb. 20, 2017, 10:55 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Matt, better look under your bed tonight before you go to sleep....might be a Trump hiding there
Feb. 22, 2017, 3:44 pm

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