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Police kill pistol-wielding burglar

Big scene: Scores of police investigate after two officers shot and killed a man they say pulled a gun on them.
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Police shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at them during a botched burglary in Bensonhurst on July 11.

Officers responding to a call in a home at the corner of 78th Street and Stillwell Avenue saw 39-year-old Orville Edwards of Crown Heights fleeing upstairs in the three-story house at 7:30 pm, Chief of Department James O’Neill said in a statement.

The officers called for backup as Edwards jumped out a rear window, officials said. He hopped a fence and fled onto Stillwell Avenue, where he ran into a uniformed sergeant and another officer, police said.

Edwards pulled a revolver, and the pair fired on him, hitting him twice, according to O’Neill.

Paramedics took Edwards to Coney Island Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, the chief said.

A second alleged burglar fled the house just before police arrived, witnesses told cops.

None of the eight people in the apartment were injured, law enforcement sources said.

The officers who discharged their weapons were evaluated, treated, and released, officials said.

Police recovered a gun they believe belonged to Edwards at the scene, a police report states.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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