NYPD Sergeant Erik Duran was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of killing a Bronx man last year.
Duran faces charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault, according to a statement from the NYPD.
Surveillance video shows Duran, who was dressed in plain clothes at the time, threw a picnic cooler at Eric Duprey, 30, who was riding on a motor scooter. Duprey fell off the scooter and slammed into the street, the footage shows. His death was ruled a homicide by the city’s medical examiner.
Police say the incident happened while officers were trying to arrest someone for a $20 sale of crack cocaine, though an NYPD spokesperson would not say at the time whether the person they were trying to arrest was Duprey or someone else.
Reached by phone, Jonathan Roberts, the Duprey family lawyer said of Duran “I hope he pleads guilty.” Roberts added that Duprey’s family is encouraged that the case is progressing.
About 100 police officers stood outside a Bronx courtroom where Duran was expected to appear before a judge on Tuesday morning. Press were confined to a gated off area behind the officers.
Duran worked in the specialized Bronx narcotics unit. The NYPD temporarily suspended him without pay. He has since been redeployed to the Manhattan North detective unit, according to police records. Duran joined the NYPD in 2010.
This story has been updated.