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‘He’s got a gun!’ A second-by-second timeline of Utica police shooting that killed boy, 13

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‘He’s got a gun!’ A second-by-second timeline of Utica police shooting that killed boy, 13


Utica, N.Y. — It all started with police officers stopping two 13-year-old boys on a Utica street Friday night.

Thirty-one seconds later, one of the boys who had run from officers was on the ground, shot in the chest.

Police say he had pointed at the officers what they thought was a gun but it turned out to be a pellet gun designed to look like a Glock.

The boy, Nyah Mway, who had just completed 8th grade, died at a hospital.

Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard has created a detailed timeline of what happened that night by reviewing the officers’ body cam videos, police radio dispatches, a video posted on social media by a witness and information from Utica police.

It all started at 10:18 p.m. when officers stopped Mway and another boy in the 900 block of Shaw Street in western Utica.

The three officers were patrolling the area because of two recent armed robberies including one the day before. In the most recent robbery, the robbers were described as “one Asian and one dark-skinned male, with one being on foot and the other on a bicycle,” police said.

The officers stopped Nyah and the other boy because they matched the basic descriptions, police said.

Nyah Mway. 13, is stopped by Utica police officers on Friday night, June 28, 2024. He ran from police seconds later and in a struggle with officers was fatally shot.

10:18:36: Officer Bryce Patterson approaches the boys, asks Nyah to take his hands out of his pockets. Nyah raises his hands then places them back into his hoodie’s pockets, prompting Patterson to repeat the request.

Nyah puts his hands back in the air.

Patterson tells the boys they were stopped because they were riding and walking in the roadway, a local violation.

“Oh, I forgot about that,” Nyah tells Patterson. “We were just having fun, we were literally just over there,” Nyah said pointing down the road.

Patterson asked Nyah if he could pat him down and make sure there were no weapons on him.

10:18:52: Nyah takes off running.

The officers — Patterson, Patrick Husnay and Andrew Citriniti — chase the boy.

“I’ve got one running, eastbound!” Patterson tells dispatchers through his radio as he runs. “He’s reaching for his waistband.”

As Nyah is running, he turns toward Patterson. He displays the replica Glock.

“Stop reaching!” an officer yells.

Husnay repeats the command one second later.

10:19:00 “Gun, gun, gun!” Patterson yells. “He’s got a gun!”

Utica police released officer body cam Saturday night they say shows a 13-year-old boy pointing a weapon at officers on Friday, June 28, 2024 during a foot chase. The item pointed at officers turned out to be a replica Glock handgun pellet gun, police said. An officer fatally shot the boy.

Patterson tackles Nyah and a struggle ensues on the sidewalk and grass. Patterson is straddling the boy, hits him at least once.

Husnay runs up with his gun drawn.

“Drop it, drop it!” Husnay yells.

A woman yelling she has a camera and to stop it.

Husnay gets closer to Patterson and Nyah. He appears to kneel.

10:19:07: Husnay fires his gun.

Officers pull away from Nyah.

“Oh my God,” a neighbor yells. “You just shot him!”

10:19:12: “Start a city ambulance,” Husnay can be heard saying. “We’ve got shots fired.”

“What the f**k did he shoot?” Patterson asked.

Citriniti tells the yelling neighbors to get back.

Husnay calls for an ambulance again while Patterson approaches Nyah.

Husnay said he doesn’t know where the gun went and Patterson, the tackler, tells Husnay it’s in the grass.

Husnay picks up the gun by Nyah in the grass, examines it.

Patterson asks for a light while he examines Nyah’s gunshot wound.

10:19:44: “We need to get a chest seal on that,” Husnay said. A chest seal is a type of bandage used for deep puncture wounds to the chest, neck, and abdomen.

Patterson asks for latex gloves, which Husnay hands him. Patterson keeps working on the boy.

Husnay continues to examine the gun, saying he thinks it’s a .22 caliber gun.

“I don’t know if [Nyah] shot me,” Patterson said to Husnay and Citriniti as he starts to apply the chest seal on Nyah’s gunshot wound.

“Check him, body check him,” Husnay tells Citriniti. Citriniti goes to reach for Patterson. Two more officers pull up in a police cruiser.

One officer jumps out of the car and helps Patterson with Nyah. He tells the officer he has a chest seal on Nyah.

“Were there any more shots?” Patterson asked. “Just one?”

“Just one shot and it was me,” Husnay said twice.

10:20:40: “We need to start compressions!” Husnay said. “Start compressions!”

Patterson begins chest compressions.

Neighbors continue to yell.

An officer takes the discarded gun from Husnay. The officer asked if Husnay has a magazine for the gun.

“I don’t have a [magazine],” Husnay tells the officer. “I don’t know. [Nyah] was aiming [the gun] at us. I don’t f**king know.”

Husnay walks away from the scene.

As Patterson does compressions on Nyah’s chest, Shaw Street starts to fill with officers.

“You didn’t even taze him, you shot him!”, a neighbor yelled.

“We’re trying to save him right now!” an officer yells back. “Come on!”

10:22:07: Almost two minutes of compressions, Patterson asks what the estimated time of arrival is for the ambulance.

A dispatcher tells officers the ambulance is en route.

10:22:26: Another officer takes over compressions.

10:23:07: An EMT takes over compressions.

Officers on the scene ask Patterson what happened.

“I chased [Nyah] here, he pulled a gun on me, then Husnay took the shot,” Patterson said.

An officer told Patterson to go take a breath. He leaves the scene.

Patterson can be heard saying he doesn’t know if he was shot. He tells another officer Nyah turned and pointed the gun at him.

An officer checked to see if Patterson was OK. He asked if he felt a cool drip on him. Patterson said no. Officers say Patterson doesn’t need medical attention.

Patterson asked officers if they got the other boy who was on his bike. Officers said he was put in the back of Patterson’s car.

10:26:43: Officers ask Patterson what happened. He relays the details of the stop.

“I saw he had a gun, so I took him down to the ground,” Patterson said. “We were wrestling and ultimately the gun came out right next to [Nyah]. Then Husnay got one round.”

Patterson says he thought Nyah fired a shot, but said, “I guess he didn’t shoot.”

Dispatchers tell officers to make way for the ambulance.

10:27:52: The ambulance is seen driving by. The sirens and lights are on. A person on the radio says give it an escort.

10:32:39: Patterson tells an officer he doesn’t know how Husnay “got that shot.” Patterson said he was right on top of Nyah.

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Police say they recovered a replica Glock Pellet gun that they say Nyah had pointed at officers.

A replica Glock pellet gun Utica police said was pointed at an officer during a foot chase on Friday, June 28, 2024.

On Saturday night, police confirmed the shot was fired by Husnay, who has been with the department for six years. Patterson was a four-year veteran with the department. Citriniti has worked for the department for 2 1/2 years after leaving the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.

All three have been placed on paid leave.

Sgt. Michael Curley, a Utica police spokesperson, said Sunday the three officers have not been questioned or given statements following the incident. He said they “will soon.”

Utica police said they have started an internal investigation. The state’s Attorney General’s Office announced Saturday it has started its own, as required by state law.

Several hundred people gathered at the scene of the shooting Saturday night to hold a vigil for Nyah and call for justice. People showed their support by lighting candles and bringing flowers and balloons.

Nyah was born in Burma and his family came to Utica about nine years ago, a family friend told Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard.

Two days before the shooting, Mway had a “moving up” ceremony to celebrate the completion of eighth grade at Donovan Middle School in Utica. He has four siblings.

He was described as outgoing and liked the game Fortnite, she said. He also would play with other kids on his street. He liked to ride his bike and be outside.

Utica Mayor Michael Galime (gray suit) talks with the mother of a 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a police officer Friday night, June 28, 2024. They talked in the lobby of the city hall after a news conference.

A person after a news conference in Utica Saturday about a fatal police shooting holds up a sign that reads “Our parents did not flee war for their kids to be shot by police.” A 13-year-old boy was fatally shot by a police officer Friday night, June 28, 2024.

Scores of family members, friends and other Utica residents Saturday crowd the lobby of Utica City Hall for a news conference following the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a police officer on Friday night, June 28, 2024.

Utica Mayor Michael Galime (left, gray suit) talks with the family of a 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a police officer Friday night, June 28, 2024. They talked in the lobby of the city hall after a news conference.

Utica Police Chief Mark Williams (right) at the start of a news conference Saturday about the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy by a police officer on Friday night, June 28, 2024.

A Utica police officer shot and killed a 13-year-old boy on Friday, June 28, 2024 in the 900 block of Shaw Street. This photo taken Saturday.

A Utica police officer shot and killed a 13-year-old boy on Friday, June 28, 2024 in the 900 block of Shaw Street.

More Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard coverage

Utica police identify officer who fatally shot boy; release video of foot chase and shooting

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Boy shot dead by officer in Utica during struggle had pellet gun, chief says

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Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Hundreds gathered on the 900 block of Shaw Street in Utica to mourn the loss of 13-year-old Nyah Mwah on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Staff writer Darian Stevenson covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Have a tip, a story idea, a question or a comment? You can reach her at [email protected]



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