NEW YORK – Kiber Calderon was identified by Long Island Police as the gun-waving suspect who temporarily commandeered the middle of an intersection by firing a handgun into the air and aiming it at nearby motorists before getting clipped and knocked to the ground by a police cruiser.
Calderon, 31, of Brooklyn, now faces 13 charges stemming from the incident, which include three counts of menacing in the third degree, two counts of menacing a police officer and multiple counts of criminal possession, the New York Post reported.
Calderon, also known as Hanna Carillo, was armed with a firearm at the intersection of Jerusalem and Bellmore Avenues in North Bellmore just after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, according to footage of the encounter that soon went viral.
The suspect is accused of discharging the weapon and aiming it at people in vehicles in the area.
Finally, a Nassau County Police cruiser clipped Calderon, who was knocked to the ground, sustaining minor injuries.
“Upon police arrival, officers observed the subject pointing a black and silver handgun at passing motorists and police. An officer struck the subject with the front passenger side of a patrol vehicle, causing the defendant to fall to the ground with the weapon,” Nassau County Police said in a statement.
According to Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder, the officer said he refrained from firing his weapon since there were people standing in the background behind the suspect.
Law enforcement authorities said Calderon was arrested twice in June for burglary and trespassing charges in New York City.
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NEW YORK – A quick-thinking Nassau County police officer on Long Island used his police unit to neutralize a woman who brandished and fired a gun while threatening people in their cars, according to law enforcement authorities.
Stunning video posted on Reddit revealed the scene as police responded to a report of a woman firing a gun into the air at the intersection of Bellmore and Jerusalem avenues in North Bellmore around 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, News 12 Long Island reported.
The female suspect fired the weapon and menacingly pointed it at people in vehicles as she walked in the road. At one point she even held the weapon to her own head, the video shows.
Suddenly, a Nassau Police unit flies into the frame and clips the woman and knocks her to the ground despite her effort to get out of its path.
“Drop the gun!” one officer demands as he ran toward the suspect who appears to reach for the firearm, which she dropped after she was struck by the police cruiser.
Three officers then approach and take the woman into custody.
(r/AbruptChaos – Reddit)
Authorities did not identify the 33-year-old woman who sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She remains in police custody, according to Nassau Police, the New York Post reported.
Authorities said the officer who struck the woman was also hospitalized and undergoing care for trauma.
During a press conference, Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder told reporters the officer was properly following protocol when he used his vehicle to knock the suspect to the ground.
“Protocol on the police department is that deadly physical force spurs deadly physical force,” Ryder said, News12 reported.
“If somebody has threatened deadly physical force against you or another, you have the right to use deadly physical force, and they chose it through their vehicle and they stopped the individual.”
It’s unclear what charges the woman will face as the investigation remains ongoing, police said.