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Officer Testifies He Tried to Grab Woman Before Fatal Shooting

Officer Testifies He Tried to Grab Woman Before Fatal Shooting

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 […]

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