Utica police releases bodycam footage in fatal shooting of Nyah Mway


The Utica Police Department has released bodycam footage from the night 13-year-old Nyah Mway was shot and killed by police.

The footage – now featured on the department’s YouTube channel – is broken up into six separate videos of varying lengths. The shortest video is 2:27 in length, while the longest is 23.30 minutes.

Police also released photos of the pellet gun Nyah allegedly had when he was shot by police.

“As always, we are committed to transparency and earning the public’s trust in our investigations,” the Utica Police Department said in a Saturday statement on the officer involved shooting. “As much information as allowable will be released during this process.”

The shooting

A still taken from bodycam footage of bodycam footage provided by the Utica Police Department. In the still, an officer is seen handling the pellet gone allegedly carried by Nyah Mway.A still taken from bodycam footage of bodycam footage provided by the Utica Police Department. In the still, an officer is seen handling the pellet gone allegedly carried by Nyah Mway.

A still taken from bodycam footage of bodycam footage provided by the Utica Police Department. In the still, an officer is seen handling the pellet gone allegedly carried by Nyah Mway.

According to authorities, officers were conducting a pedestrian stop of two juveniles around 10:18 p.m. on Friday, June 28 in the 900 block of Shaw Street.

One of the juveniles, Nyah, fled from police. Police said Nyah displayed what appeared to be a handgun during the chase.

Police said they recovered a replica GLOCK 17 handgun – which was determined to be a pellet gun.

Nyah was taken to Wynn Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

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Body cam footage

The bodycam footage is from three officers, who appear to be Patrick Husnay, Bryce Patterson and Andrew Citrini, according to the released footage and a check of the Utica Police Department’s online roster.

The footage starts as the officers approach Nyah and the other juvenile, who was on a bicycle. Patterson is shown in the footage telling the teens they are being stopped because the one teen was riding the bike in the road, while Nyah was walking nearby.

Nyah – who initially had his hands up in the air – was then seen running away, after officers asked if they could pat him down to see if he had any weapons.

Patterson and Husnay ran after Nyah, with Patterson taking the teen down after a short chase as officers can be heard screaming “He’s got a gun.”

Husnay had his gun drawn and appeared to shoot Nyah when he was down on the ground, according to his released bodycam footage.

“It was one shot,” Husnay can be heard saying according to the released footage. “It was me.”

Husnay joined the Utica Police Department in May 2018, according to documentation on the department’s website.

All three officers involved in the incident were placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation.

Investigations

New York State Executive Law 70b mandates that the New York State Attorney General Office of Special Investigations as the lead criminal investigatory role, in officer-involved shootings.

The attorney general’s office announced it had opened its investigation in a statement on Saturday.

The Utica Police Department is conducting a joint parallel internal investigation with its Professional Standards Unit to determine if policies, procedures, and training were followed.

Additionally, UPD will work closely and openly with the City of Utica Public Safety Advisory Committee.

This article originally appeared on Observer-Dispatch: Utica shooting: Police release bodycam footage of Nyah Mway’s shooting



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