An MTA employee shoots a man dead in the Brooklyn subway station

An MTA worker shot dead and seriously injured a man who threatened to attack him and his co-worker in a Brooklyn subway station Tuesday night, police said.

The shooting happened just after 9 p.m. at Union Street R-Bahn station on the border between Gowanus and Park Slope, amid an argument between two MTA employees and a 39-year-old straphanger, police officers said.

The uniformed employees — a control electronics supervisor and an armed tax collector — were waiting for a southbound R train when an angry man started yelling at them and threatened to “beat them up,” NYPD Chief of Transit Michael Kemper said. at a press conference near the scene.

When the train arrived, the MTA staff boarded with the mad man following them. He continued to throw threats at the Maintenance Electronic Maintainer, who fixes MetroCard vending machines, while the Revenue Collector tried to calm him down, Kemper said.

The workers got off the train at the next station, Union Street, hoping to end the confrontation. But the straphanger followed them onto the platform and up to the mezzanine, police said.

He allegedly approached the couple, prompting the tax collector – who is providing security while MetroCard machines storing cash are open – to draw his gun.

“The armed MTA employee drew his firearm while repeatedly verbally ordering the man to retreat,” Kemper said. “The man failed to comply and threatened to forcibly take the firearm from the MTA employee.”

The clerk then fired a round and shot the man once in the chest. He was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in critical condition.

The two MTA employees were not injured, said Kemper. The employee who fired the gun has more than two decades of MTA experience.

It’s unclear what the straphanger was angry about.

However, he was known to the NYPD and had a history of arrests, Kemper added.

He has at least a dozen unsealed arrests on charges including domestic violence, possession of stolen property, threats, driving while intoxicated and operating a vehicle without a license, sources said. An MTA employee shoots a man dead in the Brooklyn subway station


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