The man hospitalized after being shot by police has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing, but his family is questioning the police's account of the incident. NY1's Magee Hickey filed the following report.
The mother of 25-year-old Henry Jones led an impromptu prayer vigil outside of Jamaica Hospital Saturday.
Police shot her son after four officers responded to a 911 call of an assault inside 4020 Beach Channel Drive.
"Oh Father, he's a father of two. He have a good job, Father," she said. "He's been in trouble one time in his life, Father, but I ask you to forgive him, Father."
After seeing the Far Rockaway man with a gun, police say they ordered him to drop the weapon. Instead, they say he ran up the stairs and pointed the gun at the officers. One officer shot Jones in the torso.
Family members dispute the NYPD version of events.
"How did he point a gun at it and he get shot in the back?" said Niasia Pearson, Jones' sister. "Just like they're saying he got shot in his torso, and he didn't get shot in his torso. This is the story we're talking about."
Police say that the suspect was known to the department. Back in 2008, Jones was arrested for having a gun in the same building. He's also been convicted of robbery and assaulting a police officer.
"They're lying," said Glory Wilson, Jones' wife. "My kids' father would never do nothing like that. To risk his life, to be taken away from his kids, he would never do nothing like that. I know he messed up in the past. Everybody do something that they regret. He was doing good. He didn't want to go back to jail for the simple fact that his kids. He turned his life around."
Neighbors and family members described the suspect as a devoted father of two who worked at a nearby nursing home.
"Five days a week, nine to five. Good man," said Taresha Gasby, Jones' sister. "You can ask the community. He wouldn't harm a soul. He helps the community. He loves children. It isn't fair at all, and we need justice."
Jones faces charges of menacing a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon.