Sgt. Hugh Barry took the stand on Tuesday at his trial on murder charges, testifying that he tried to grab Deborah Danner, 66, to prevent her from picking back up a pair of scissors. A police sergeant who fatally shot a mentally ill woman in her Bronx apartment took the witness stand on Tuesday at his own trial, telling the court that he tried to grab the 66-year-old woman to prevent her from picking back up a pair of scissors.
“She was too fast for me,” the sergeant, Hugh Barry, said. “The last thing I want was for her to go into the room and get the scissors.”
Sergeant Barry, 32, said that as he ran into the room, the woman, Deborah Danner, grabbed a baseball bat from under a pillow and turned around, still seated, holding it like a batter. He said he drew his gun and pleaded with her to drop the bat, but that she got up off the bed and took a step toward him, starting a swing.
“I just see the bat swinging and that’s when I fired,” he said. Then he added: “I’m looking at this bat that can crack me in the head and kill […]