(FixThisNation.com) – On Wednesday a motorcyclist in the Bronx crashed after a New York Police Department (NYPD) sergeant threw a cooler that hit him in the head. A day after the incident Sgt. Erik Duran was suspended without pay. Duran had been part of an undercover operation that was attempting to catch the motorcyclist who had reportedly been dealing narcotics in the Bronx area.
The New York Attorney General’s office has launched an investigation into the incident. In a statement released on X, formerly known as Twitter, the department noted that the NYPD was committed to a transparent and thorough probe in order to determine the facts of this case and take the necessary steps forward.
The Associated Press reported that Duran had thrown the plastic cooler in the direction of motorcyclist Eric Duprey, 30, from a close range after the latter tried to flee from the police after he sold drugs to an undercover police officer. The cooler hit Duprey who ended up losing control of his vehicle which fell towards a tree. Minutes later the man was pronounced dead.
The New York medical examiner will determine the cause of Duprey’s death and the NYPD stated that their Force Investigation Division was going to help in the attorney general’s probe of the incident. The Office of Special Investigation division is responsible for looking into every incident in which an officer is reported to have caused someone’s death either “by an act or omission.”
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