Armed Man Fatally Shot by White Plains Cop in S. Lexington Avenue Apartment

The police officer remains at White Plains Hospital with chest pains.

A White Plains police officer responding to a medical alert distress call fatally shot a man holding a knife this morning, said Public Safety Commissioner David Chong at a press conference earlier today.

Police responding to the call before 6 a.m. Nov. 19 attempted to enter the apartment of Kenneth Chamberlain, 68, at 135 S. Lexington Ave.

“From what we know right now, all department guidelines were followed. It appears every avenue was used before [an officer] fired the service weapon,” said Chong. 

Chamberlain was known by police, but they would not say in what capacity or address questions about his mental state. Police are currently running Chamberlain's background.

The officer remains at White Plains Hospital with chest pains, according to Chong. 

According to news reports, Chong said that the officers sent to the scene heard voices but Chamberlain refused to open the apartment door. As police tried to pry the door open, Chamberlain shoved a hatchet through an opening between the door and the hallway. An officer was able to remove the hatchet from his hand. When police entered the apartment, continuing to negotiate, they saw Chamberlain holding a butcher knife.

According to LoHud.com, Chong said Chamberlain came at police who tried to subdue him with a tazer and a bean-bag gun before an officer fired two rounds at him. Chong said as police tried to give CPR to Chamberlain, he continued to slash with the knife and then tried to cut his own throat. Chamberlin was taken to the White Plains Hospital emergency room and died during surgery two hours after the initial distress call. 

Police did not release the name of the officer who shot Chamberlain, but Chong described him as an eight-year veteran who never before fired his gun in the line of duty, according to thedailywhiteplains.com.

tri November 20, 2011 at 12:29 PM
WONDER IF ANYONE ON THE FORCE HAD CIT TRAINING? http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=CIT&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=118004
Ross Revira November 20, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Would it have been better for a police officer to be killed before this man was subdued?
thomas November 20, 2011 at 05:46 PM
This type of action by police is far too common these days, This old man was alone in his residence. Waiting him out would have been a much better choice than "forcing the issue".
Oscar Delannoya November 21, 2011 at 02:23 AM
Cant blame the hispanics on this one
JohnNY McMahon November 21, 2011 at 09:17 AM
Hey, it appears that proper procedure was followed, & this guy was intent on committing suicide by cop... Just sayin'
eyecue187 March 30, 2012 at 04:32 AM
The cops lied....the guys medical alert dispatch had the incident recorded cause he had never hung up the phone when the cops showed up.....the State attorneys office has a copy of the recording but wont release it to the press yet.....this is a cover up. It is said the man can be heard screaming "I'm a 68 yo man with a heart condition why are you doing this?" but the cops forced entry and shot him cold blooded.... I bet the taser firing and bean bag gun was a lie too....
Bob Ogden March 30, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Eyecue? Do you really believe what you're writing. A mentally ill man with a knife tries to stab a cop and the cop is wrong for defending himself? Come on!!! If the cops waited outside that apartment and he set fire to it or committed suicide, you'd be the first to scream that they weren't doing their job. Every once and a while, we all need to take a step back and look at these things objectively.
Chris Tracey April 06, 2012 at 01:07 AM
What do you think now Bob? Enough evidence has been gathered to convene a grand jury. The mayor of White Plains, Tom Roach states that he has heard the transcripts from the Life Aid Medical Box which Mr. Chamberlain had in his apartment at the time of this incident. This device recorded the entire event,all the audio, and it doesn't look good for the Police department. A 68 year old man in only his boxer shorts, with a heart condition, (which is why the police responded to this medical alert alarm), no audio reference to any knife, cleaver, hatchet, many police, some with riot gear-shields-and the only way to subdue him is to kill him? He had committed now crime what so ever. Police in riot gear for a medical response call? Something going on and before this story is over it will no doubt be even more outrageous and ugly. Chris Tracey
Bob Ogden April 06, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Chris, What I think is that the Mayor and the District Attorney are responding to public pressure and have convened a Grand Jury. A Grand Jury convening is not an indication of guilt and neither is an indictment, if it comes to that. Why not just cool off and wait and see what happens. Truth is that neither you nor I was there and the Mayor of White Plains is not an expert on tactics or even the law. The fact that a knife wasn't mentioned on the tapes is really irrelevant as you don't need to announce the weapon before you shoot someone. Under the self defense statutes you must reasonably believe that your life or the life of another is in danger.. I know you have a picture in your mind of police officers getting up every morning and hoping that they can shoot someone today but that just isn't the case. It takes more strength to pull that trigger than you can ever imagine.
Nygee914 April 06, 2012 at 04:01 PM
So did Mr. Chamberlian reasonably believe his life was endanger? I would if a group of armed people was trying to take the door of my apartment. Especially if they were mocking my military service and using racial epitaphs in an aggressive manner. Who was in fear of whose life? No crime was committed. The police should have left this guy alone if he was not a threat to himself or others. Instead the police escalated the matter, I am sure, when all they had to do was walk away.
Bob Ogden April 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Nygee, He was a mentally disturbed person. I don't believe anyone will ever know what he was thinking. Tell me, where is your outrage when Police Officers die in the line of duty. Or would you prefer a society without police and then it can be every man for himself.
Chris Tracey April 08, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Bob, it seems as though police never act improperly in your world. Several times, in this comment section you have conflated the questioned actions of these police officers, with ALL POLICE OFFICERS:as though the examination of these officers actions is an attack on All Police Officers. Nobody here, but you, is questioning the duty or service of officers in general. So when you say to me, " I know you have a picture in your mind of police officers getting up every morning and hoping that they can shoot someone today", you're way off base. Whether or not i did think this, which i've given no indication that i do, this has nothing to do with anything.
Bob Ogden April 08, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Chris, I have an idea. Why don't you wait until the facts are made public before you rush to judgement on this officer. You're the one who has decided he's guilty before this even began. I guess in your world the Police are always wrong. You want to know what's irrelevant? The fact that hes 68, the fact that he's a veteran, the fact that this all began with a medic alert. You want to know what is relevant? The fact he was armed and threatened to cut the officer.
Cadeyrn April 08, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Another case of the suspect becoming the victim and the cop becoming the suspect. It's pro forma nowadays.
Will Randall April 10, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Are you kidding me? If there is a weapon it would be announced to warn other officers of a potential danger. They don't mention a weapon and the autopsy report casts serious doubt on the claim that he had weapon. It is not a fact he had a weapon. They don't bother to mention a weapon but can call him a nigger though. And you seriously believe a man with a heart condition who wheezes just from walking short distances is able to withstand tazers and bean bag shots while having strength to attack with a knife. Common sense should indicate that's bull. Not to mention the officer who dealt the fatal shot has a history police brutality and uttering racial epithets. It shouldn't take public pressure to do have a proper investigation.
Ron FAP4LIFE Jones April 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Bob, how can you tell someone to wait for the facts, did you read your last sentence? What is relevant Bob is that this man suffered from COPD, please tell me where this man gathered the energy to try and fight the police when most COPD patients have issues with walking and talking at the same time? Let me direct your attention to the part of the above article that states WPPD continued to negotiate when they entered the apartment. The Mayor is not a tactical expert, but I believe he knows how a negotiation sounds. Bob I believe it is you that have rushed to judgement, we just don't believe the I was in great danger story anymore!
Wade Wilson October 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Who Cares.
Wade Wilson January 03, 2013 at 12:30 AM
They Should have killed him years ago.


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