Bronx borough president praises charge as ‘positive first step’ after Sgt Hugh Barry shot Deborah Danner, who had schizophrenia, last year

The NYPD sergeant who fatally shot a mentally ill Bronx woman in her home will be charged with murder on Wednesday afternoon, according to authorities.

Sgt Hugh Barry shot Deborah Danner in October after police were called to her apartment by a neighbor for a disturbance. Danner, a 66-year-old black woman with schizophrenia, had allegedly approached the officer with a bat after briefly wielding a pair of scissors.

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