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Armed Man Fatally Shot by White Plains Cop in S. Lexington Avenue Apartment

The police officer remains at White Plains Hospital with chest pains.

A White Plains police officer responding to a medical alert distress call fatally shot a man holding a knife this morning, said Public Safety Commissioner David Chong at a press conference earlier today.

Police responding to the call before 6 a.m. Nov. 19 attempted to enter the apartment of Kenneth Chamberlain, 68, at 135 S. Lexington Ave.

“From what we know right now, all department guidelines were followed. It appears every avenue was used before [an officer] fired the service weapon,” said Chong. 

Chamberlain was known by police, but they would not say in what capacity or address questions about his mental state. Police are currently running Chamberlain's background.

The officer remains at White Plains Hospital with chest pains, according to Chong. 

According to news reports, Chong said that the officers sent to the scene heard voices but Chamberlain refused to open the apartment door. As police tried to pry the door open, Chamberlain shoved a hatchet through an opening between the door and the hallway. An officer was able to remove the hatchet from his hand. When police entered the apartment, continuing to negotiate, they saw Chamberlain holding a butcher knife.

According to LoHud.com, Chong said Chamberlain came at police who tried to subdue him with a tazer and a bean-bag gun before an officer fired two rounds at him. Chong said as police tried to give CPR to Chamberlain, he continued to slash with the knife and then tried to cut his own throat. Chamberlin was taken to the White Plains Hospital emergency room and died during surgery two hours after the initial distress call. 

Police did not release the name of the officer who shot Chamberlain, but Chong described him as an eight-year veteran who never before fired his gun in the line of duty, according to thedailywhiteplains.com.

Cadeyrn April 08, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Another case of the suspect becoming the victim and the cop becoming the suspect. It's pro forma nowadays.
Will Randall April 10, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Are you kidding me? If there is a weapon it would be announced to warn other officers of a potential danger. They don't mention a weapon and the autopsy report casts serious doubt on the claim that he had weapon. It is not a fact he had a weapon. They don't bother to mention a weapon but can call him a nigger though. And you seriously believe a man with a heart condition who wheezes just from walking short distances is able to withstand tazers and bean bag shots while having strength to attack with a knife. Common sense should indicate that's bull. Not to mention the officer who dealt the fatal shot has a history police brutality and uttering racial epithets. It shouldn't take public pressure to do have a proper investigation.
Ron FAP4LIFE Jones April 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Bob, how can you tell someone to wait for the facts, did you read your last sentence? What is relevant Bob is that this man suffered from COPD, please tell me where this man gathered the energy to try and fight the police when most COPD patients have issues with walking and talking at the same time? Let me direct your attention to the part of the above article that states WPPD continued to negotiate when they entered the apartment. The Mayor is not a tactical expert, but I believe he knows how a negotiation sounds. Bob I believe it is you that have rushed to judgement, we just don't believe the I was in great danger story anymore!
Wade Wilson October 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Who Cares.
Wade Wilson January 03, 2013 at 12:30 AM
They Should have killed him years ago.

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