A Yonkers detective is in serious but stable condition and a suspect is dead following a police-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities say the shooting took place around 2:10 p.m. when members of the Westchester Safe Streets task force tried to apprehend three suspects in a gun investigation. As CBS2’s Cory James reports, an operation to recover illegal guns did not last long, but it did end deadly.
“Seconds, it was seconds,” Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller said.
Police say a suspect was killed Wednesday after allegedly attacking a detective in plain clothes inside a bodega on Elm and Linden streets.
“One of the suspects attempted to push past one of our detectives, a Yonkers detective, and when our Yonkers detective pushed him back, it appears he fired one shot at our detective from his pocket, shooting him in the stomach,” Mueller said.
That officer was rushed to Jacobi Hospital and underwent emergency surgery for injuries to his kidneys, colon, and intestines.
Police sources have identified the injured detective as Brian Menton, a 27-year veteran of the force who was scheduled to retire in a week. Sources say his brother, who is also in law enforcement, was working the job with him.
It’s an assignment Menton has done before, one nearly two years ago when sources say he helped bring a man firing shots near Getty Square into custody.
“At the end of the day, there’s just too much of this happening,” Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said.
“It’s very frustrating to represent an area where people often might not feel safe,” Councilmember Corazon Pineda-Isaac said.
What is the identity of Detective Brian Menton?
Bryant Adams shot Brian Menton, a senior FBI agent, while he was conducting a sting operation to buy a gun inside a New York store.
Outside the scene, Brian’s twin brother was also present, and he was quick to jump into action and transport his injured brother to the hospital.
The matter was examined by police, who also recovered the complex’s CCTV footage, and they are now looking for two more suspects in connection with the shooting.
According to police sources, Brian Menton’s health has improved and he is now in a stable medical state.
Brian was a member of the Westchester Safe Streets Task Force, and his job was to catch three criminals in a sting operation at a New York retail complex.
One of the three suspects, Bryant Adams, shot him in the abdomen around 2:10 p.m., and the wounded officer fired back, killing him in the process of fleeing.
Bryant Adams, the Suspect In The Yonkers Shooting
Bryant Adams was one of three suspects in an illegal gun-trafficking ring operating out of a New York shopping mall.
While the three suspects were being captured, Bryant opened fire on one of the investigators, Brian Menton, and attempted to shove him away so he could flee the scene.
He was then shot by Brian, and he died as a result.
According to Adams’ mother, who attended the crime scene after the occurrence, he lived in Georgia and had five children.