Video of NYPD Shooting of Unarmed Man Surrounded by 5 Officers

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- On 4 June 2020, two female police officers, Officer Suarez and her partner, Officer Brown enter a deli in Manhattan. Just behind them came 55-year-old Peyman Bahadoran, walking his dog and holding a drink bottle in his right hand. Officer Suarez held the door to allow the dog, on leash, in the store.

Screenshot from video released by NYPD. Scaled, cropped, text added by dean Weingarten

Peyman got into a verbal dispute with officer Brown. Peyman drew a large knife which was in a sheath on his right leg, and started waving it around.

At this point, either officer, in my opinion, would have been legally justified in shooting Peyman, but neither did. Suarez drew her radio and exited the store, calling for backup. Brown ineffectively fired a Taser at Peyman, missing, as she fled behind the counter.

Peyman started interacting with the deli clerk, who is the hero in this story. Peyman waved his knife. The clerk picked up his own knife, and waved it back. Peyman demanded cigarettes, eerily similar to George Floyd.

The clerk, in a brilliant move, extended the pack of cigarettes toward Peyman. Peyman instinctively put the knife down on the counter, preparatory to taking the cigarettes. The clerk snagged the knife with his left hand, while withdrawing the cigarettes with his right.

Peyman was left unarmed. The clerk gave the knife to Officer Brown.

Peyman started holding his hands up for all to see he is unarmed. Suarez re-entered the doorway. She appeared to be able to clearly see Peyman no longer has a knife in his right hand, and a water bottle in his left hand.

Screenshot of video released by NYPD, scaled and cropped by Dean Weingarten

15 seconds after being disarmed by the store clerk, Peyman stormed out of the store, slipping alongside officer Suarez. Officer Suarez had her gun drawn, but did not shoot, even as Peyman angrily pushed her back out of the deli.

Suarez continued pointing her pistol at Peyman as the angry confrontation continued. Peyman had opportunities to snatch the pistol, but did not attempt to do so.

Then backup arrived.

Peyman was confronting Suarez and touched the sheath on his leg, but his right hand remained empty.

Peyman turned toward the backup and attempted to shove supervisor Machado. Slight contact was made as Machado backs up. Machado had his pistol pointed at Peyman, but pointed it downward, presumably as he sees Payman’s outstretched, empty right hand. In doing so, he  removed his pistol from Peyman’s reach.

Peyman turned toward supervisor Machado again.

Officer Rozanski had drawn his gun, out in the street, and was ready to shoot, as was officer Suarez. Two shots were fired, close together. It was 8 seconds after Peyman and Suarez had exited the deli.

It is not clear who shot first. Officer Murphy had drawn a weapon, but had not pointed it at Peyman. Supervisor Machado had drawn a weapon, but it was not pointed at Peyman, either. Officer Brown had remained in the Deli.

Officer Rozanski, Peyman, and officer Suarez were all on one geometrical line of fire.

Here are the positions of the players, a fractional second before the shots were fired.

Screenshot form video released by NYPD. Scaled, cropped, arrow and text by Dean Weingarten

Officer Suarez (on right) and Officer Rozanski (Top left) are said to have shot Bahadoran with one shot each. Supervisor Machado, (center left) and officer Murphy (center further left) had drawn weapons.

Here is the view from officer Suarez’ body camera, a fraction of a second after the shots are fired.

Officer in line of fire as Bahadoran goes down June 4 2020 NYC 1000
Officer in line of fire as Bahadoran goes down June 4 2020 NYC 1000

15 seconds after being disarmed, out the door. 8 seconds after being out the door, Peyman is shot.

As an aside, I doubt Suarez was taught the thumb across thumb two-handed hold. It is a good way to have your left thumb sliced by the pistol slide.

Was this a justified shoot, or as some police say, a “good” shoot?

A retired police officer (a firearms and tactics trainer for most of his career) and I both reviewed the video.

The police have a difficult job. It is easy to second guess them in difficult situations. However…

Both the retired officer and I came to the same conclusions. We both would probably have shot Peyman, and have been justified, but… not at the time, he was shot.

When he was shot, it was no longer a justified shooting.

When Peyman drew the knife and waved it about, and leisurely followed Officer Brown, it would have been a justified shoot by either officer or even the hero clerk or the bystander near the door.

After the hero sandwich maker and deli clerk disarmed Peyman, the shooting became less justified.

Officer Suarez may have been justified in shooting Peyman when he approached her, if she claimed he intended to disarm her; but he did not and she did not.

Peyman’s aggressive pushing at supervisor Machado, was not sufficient, especially now that five officers were present and Peyman did not have any weapons in his hands.

In addition, the rigorous policies of the NYPD seem to disqualify it. Officers are not allowed to discharge a firearm when it will unnecessarily endanger innocents. From nyc.gov:

Discharge a firearm when, in the professional judgment of a reasonable member of the service, doing so will unnecessarily endanger innocent persons

Both officers who fired were directly in each other’s line of fire.

Peyman is now suing the NYPD and NYC for an unjustified shoot.

The use of force situations change rapidly. Police officers are trained to understand that reality. I was trained about it 40 years ago!

Peyman had/has mental problems. He says he is bipolar. I suspect he will collect quite a bit of money.

The retired officer/firearms trainer said the police should not have had their pistols out, once Peyman no longer had the knife. He said, if he had shot people at the level of aggression Peyman showed outside the deli, he would have shot hundreds of people during his career (he did not shoot any).

Having drawn pistols in the situation restricted the officers’ options. They were probably acting on the information officer Suarez had given earlier, about Peyman having a large knife.

There are probably over 50 million police-public interactions in a year. By the odds, a few of them are bound to go badly.

The five officers had numerous non-lethal options to take an unarmed man into custody. Everything simply lined up wrong for Peyman, and he was shot. Most of it was his own fault.

Heather McDonald has shown more unarmed white men are shot by police than unarmed black men. Peyman is one of those.


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Ruger1
Ruger1 (@ruger1)
1 year ago

I’m sorry, I’m usually a 100% behind Any LEO’s, But this was a bad shooting. They Only had the right to disable/shoot him while he was armed and waiving the knife around in the store while threatening the One Officer and the Store Clerk, when he exited the store, he was 4 against 1 on the sidewalk, the 4 Officer’s could have Tased him, I know the one officer Tried in the store, but looking at the video, it looked like she didn’t have a good shot, now the 4 Officer’s clearly did, and he’d have been laying in the… Read more »

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Get Out
Get Out (@get-out)
1 year ago

IMOA, another bad shooting by LE. Don’t they issue pepper spray or night sticks any more? Anyone else think a night stick to the shins would put him down long enough to cuff him?

Stripeseven
Stripeseven (@stripeseven)
1 year ago

“AFTER” he was disarmed…..

Sisu
Sisu (@sisu)
1 year ago

The sad reality is the criteria to become a member of NYPD are very low, i.e., formal education, ability to pass 6th grade multiple choice exams, maturity, life experience, communication skills, physical fitness, no height threshold (yeah, I don’t think it unreasonable that all LEOs should be 5′ 9″ or taller (5 x 5s should not be walking around, unable to assert their authority without brandishing their sidearm (which most cannot competently bring into action))), etc. And, there are no requirements to maintain or add to one’s abilities once employed. Then there is the overlay of “the force must have… Read more »

Country Boy
Country Boy (@country-boy)
1 year ago

I cannot believe leos didn’t shoot him when he held the knife while in the store………….

Elisa Delaurenti
Elisa Delaurenti (@elisa-delaurenti)
1 year ago

As usual, two female police officers have to wait for a man to show up. Good grief. Too bad things are not TRULY equal.

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty (@azlefty)
1 year ago

No 2 OFFICERS FOLLOWING THEIR TRAINING WAIT FOR BACKUP TO ARRIVE!
Seems you have feelings of inequality

Arny
Arny (@dmaxter)
1 year ago

Shot with what ? Dummy rounds. May be another scam on taxpayers of NY. I wonder if Peyman knows his Doctor ? After this scamdemic I gotta look at every angle now. Actors or not ? lol

Elisa Delaurenti
Elisa Delaurenti (@elisa-delaurenti)
1 year ago
Reply to  Arny

I want some of whatever you’re smoking, P.S. Unless it’s some sort of feces.

Don
Don (@kivaari)
1 year ago

This looks like a bad shoot. Also the crossfire situation shows why so many innocent bystanders get shot. They couldn’t even keep from endangering each other. If the guy was disarmed, why did they not use a TASER? Why didn’t they just swarm him?

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen (@ansel-hazen)
1 year ago
Reply to  Don

Officer Brown did try to use a taser but missed.Honestly though, 5 on one and the perp is unarmed but they have to draw their guns. This is as bad as any gunowner getting in the news with an ND and these cops should know better.

Bad shoot the way it went down. They guy had no weapon of any kind in his hands.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
1 year ago

Where is he outcry for justice and fairness. Oh, he’s white.

jrw40113
jrw40113 (@jrw40113)
1 year ago

I would not work the streets with Suarez. She should find another line of work. She appeared to be in condition white and was totally unprepared for what happened and that is reflected in everything she did.

Elisa Delaurenti
Elisa Delaurenti (@elisa-delaurenti)
1 year ago
Reply to  jrw40113

Exactly. As per usual, both those female police officers had to wait for a man to show up in order to do their jobs. It’s really a shame things are not TRULY equal, instead of affirmative action hiring.

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty (@azlefty)
1 year ago

Still projecting your inferiority complex I see

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty (@azlefty)
1 year ago
Reply to  jrw40113

Well i really doubt she will apply yo be security at Walmart so you are safe

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill (@deplorable-bill)
1 year ago
Reply to  jrw40113

Sorry, hit down by accident

Arm up, carry on

JY
JY (@johny67)
1 year ago

Agree or not agree you wont have to worry about this guy on the street with his knife pulled on your wife or your kids.

RoyD
RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago
Reply to  JY

You lack reading comprehension. He did not die and is in fact suing the City.

AZ Lefty
AZ Lefty (@azlefty)
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD

Sorry Trump does not share

Raconteur
Raconteur (@raconteur)
1 year ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

You must be thinking of Soros’ money at BLM and the Clinton’s “Foundation”. BTW — Shall we compare the charitable giving of Trump to Obama’s? Yeah, let’s go there.

Dave in Fairfax
Dave in Fairfax (@grammar)
1 year ago
Reply to  AZ Lefty

AZ Lefty,
Obozo went into the WH as a poorly paid prof who couldn’t fill his classes. He came out as a multimillionaire. Remind me again of how much of his salary he didn’t take during the 8 years that he was in office. Right. Please stick to facts rather than rhetoric and aspersions.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
1 year ago
Reply to  JY

Yep and more need to start being handled this way. Offer to kill a cop, pay with your life.

Don
Don (@kivaari)
1 year ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

The man had been disarmed. He should have been TASERed or swarmed. It is a bad shoot. Very poor police work.

Chuck
Chuck (@bemused-berserker)
1 year ago

Unfortunately, I have to agree that the moment for justification had passed based on the video evidence shown. No visible weapon present. Suspect is resisting arrest and displaying aggressive/confrontational behavior, which invites a hard take down. At this point he should have been tazed again.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion (@wizardkiller)
1 year ago

Under trained cops with the shoot everyone let god sort it out mentality.

uncle dudley
uncle dudley (@rockhouse)
1 year ago

There is so many things wrong with this shooting, from who ever assigns two female officers to patrol together, lack of training in using a Taser, leaving an officer alone in the store after the confrontation started, to using the handgun after the suspect didn’t have his weapon.
It’s easy too see the female officers weren’t prepared to deal with an irate person.
These officers need to rethink their career choice.

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
1 year ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

@UD – Two shooter’s, one male, one female. Unclear to when you think Brown made mistakes. Care to elaborate?

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen (@ansel-hazen)
1 year ago
Reply to  Finnky

Mistake #1 is Brown hasn’t spent enough time training with a taser.
#2 is is when she missed did she call for another officer to try? I can’t believe she was the only one that had one.

Elisa Delaurenti
Elisa Delaurenti (@elisa-delaurenti)
1 year ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

Both those female officers had to wait for a man to show up in order to do their jobs, as usual. If things were truly “equal”, they would not be in those jobs.

Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
1 year ago

Stupid cops! If either one miss they hit the other Officer!
Violated one of the rules. Know your target and WHAT’S BEHIND IT.

RoyD
RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

I watched the video again this morning to get a fresh perspective. The video with audio seems to indicate that the female fired her gun in sympathetic response to the male officer firing his. Her shot did not seem deliberate looking at her grip on the gun as the shot was fired. The male officer shot first probably because he could not see the perps hands and he thought the female was in grave danger and, most importantly, he did not have the experience to realize what was going on. The seasoned cop knew that guns weren’t needed and did… Read more »

Buster
Buster (@buster)
1 year ago

The Corgi in the Jack Russell lineage really shows on this dog – the short legs, barrel shaped body, mild temperament. I’m reminded of a JRT I once had that was similar in appearance, and it brings a tear to my eye just thinking about her. Let’s all pray the dog is picked up by someone more deserving of one of God’s finest creations.

As for the psycho waving a deadly weapon – good riddance.

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
1 year ago
Reply to  Buster

– Why do you think his dog won’t be returned when he’s released from hospital. I suspect cops will push for diagnosis requiring locked ward mental care, then DA will negotiate down to save department face and reduce cash settlement. In exchange for signing release, he gets outpatient treatment (possibly court supervised to keep him on meds) and some compensation. All cops stay active with at most minor rebuke from immediate supervisor. Luck if the shooters get some much needed refresher training.

Bill
Bill (@bill)
1 year ago

Sure dont have to worry about shooting a white person do they? I wonder how many black people will be upset by this? I also wonder, year to date, how many unarmed white people have been murdered by the police. Very curious stuff.

Tionico
Tionico (@tionico)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

I dunnomaybe its the light or an off-key colour bias to the video, but the still frame we do see makes the guy going down backwards look mighty white to me……

musicman44mag
musicman44mag (@xman)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

Amen!

Don
Don (@kivaari)
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill

Very few unarmed people of any color are murdered by police. Of the 14 unarmed blacks killed last year only one officer was charged. Unarmed suspects are not always non-dangerous. It is why the killing of unarmed suspects is ruled justified in almost every case. A few years back a black, naked, suspect killed a Covington WA police officer. There is always one gun at the scene and 10% of cops are killed with their own weapon. That’s why every cop should carry two guns.

RoyD
RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago

What do you have against skeletons?

Tionico
Tionico (@tionico)
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD

they are a lot harder to hit. but then , how often is THAT an issue? I’ve never had to face that one yet.

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill (@deplorable-bill)
1 year ago

First, at the time of the shots, the guy was unarmed. At that point the guy is just another disrespectful, obnoxious citizen. He is not a threat, just obnoxious. Yes, earlier there was ample reason to drop the hammer but not after he was disarmed. This was another bad shoot. He was lucky he was not shot before but, after that, there was no reason for it. Life is precious and hell is real. Good call Dean. Besides very poor marksmanship and gun handling skills re: hand placement and knowing what is behind you target, BOTH officers are lucky not… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago

I will say this: Until the subject is strip searched and run through a magnetometer he/she is not “unarmed” as far as I am concerned. I have seen too many things come from unexpected places for anything less than that.

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
1 year ago
Reply to  RoyD

– Unarmed does not mean harmless. However neither justifies shooting someone. Dean described the situation well including justifications, legal and moral aspects.

Must strongly agree, clerk IS the hero in this story. Way to react in spur of the moment and under stress. My only hindsight suggestion would be to let him have the cigarettes, Having both hands occupied would slightly reduce the threat.

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
1 year ago

@Dean – Easy to decide in hindsight. In the moment, first thought probably is “I’m stopping this d$## robber.” Automatic to “save” the merchandise.

This is why I believe in reviewing actions in stressful situations and engaging in “what if” mind games. Have been disappointed in how I’ve handled some emergencies – but reacted much better to vaguely similar situations because I’d already considered options at my leisure. Also leads to better understanding of what you should have on hand.

RoyD
RoyD (@royd)
1 year ago

There is so much screwed up about that encounter that I am not even going to start listing the fails. What a cluster. I will say that affirmative action hiring does invite more drama than really necessary. And perhaps worst of all, it lowers the bar for every group.