Mt. Pleasant PD: Officers forced to shoot Pace student

Posted: Updated:

The Mount Pleasant police chief says one of his officers and a Pleasantville officer were forced to fatally shoot a Pace University student who allegedly ran down three cops with his car.

Chief Louis Alagno says Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron Hess was in the area of Finnegan's Grill in Thornwood when he saw a large dispute involving almost 100 people in the parking lot around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

After calling for backup, Hess approached a vehicle, driven by Pace student Danroy Henry, which was allegedly parked in a fire lane. According to police, when Hess knocked on Henry's car window, he allegedly sped off, throwing Hess onto his windshield in the process and almost hitting two Mount Pleasant officers. While clinging to the car's hood, police say Hess fired into the vehicle, along with one of the Mount Pleasant officers.

At least one eyewitness has given a different account of the story, saying that Henry was simply driving too fast and that the officer was struck as he tried to flag him down.

Henry was initially put into handcuffs when his car finally stopped, but when police realized his condition, they tried administering first aid.

"This is going to be a long, hard investigation and we will be as thorough as possible," Alagno added.

Witness tells different story of fatal Thornwood shootingStudents and parents shocked at shooting death of Pace studentPace University student killed in police-involved shooting

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."