A NYPD officer who was beaten in the head during a violent confrontation with two men was welcomed by colleagues when he left the hospital on Monday.
Officer Lesly Lafontant, 53, was greeted by a large gathering of NYPD agents while he emerged from the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center.
Lafontant, a 21-year-old veteran of the armed forces, still had a visibly swollen face and eyes after being placed in a medically induced coma after the two-man incident on Friday.
He also gave high fives and shook hands with several agents before being helped in a waiting NYPD van. He was hit in the head with a metal chair.
NYPD officer Lesly Lafontant, (photo), who was beaten in the head during a violent confrontation with two men, was welcomed by colleagues when he left the hospital on Monday
Police say Lafontant was injured by Kwesi Ashun (left), who raided a nail salon and fought officers while arresting another man, Dewayne Hawkes, (right) for peeing on the floor
Police say Lafontant was injured by a man who burst into a nail studio and fought officers while arresting another man for peeing on the floor.
Police say the officer shot the man because attempts to subdue him with a stun gun were unsuccessful. Kwesi Ashun, 33, was declared dead on the spot.
Dewayne Hawkes, 26, was charged with charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and criminal offense following the Goldmine Nail Salon incident in Brooklyn, New York.
The fatal fight began when two officers, a veteran and a newcomer, took Hawkes into custody.
Ashun, 33, a well-known T-shirt seller in the area, apparently hurried into the salon and tried to stop the arrest and attack the two officers.
Officials said Ashun went crazy and hit the veteran officer with a chair over, while the rookie tried in vain to subject him to a Taser.
The veteran managed to pull out his gun and shoot at Ashun six times, hitting him in the head at least once. Ashun was declared dead on the spot.
Chief Medical Officer David Rose said a decision was made to put Lafontant, a married father of four, in a coma for 36 hours.
He told New York Daily News: & # 39; It was really serious trauma to his face, broken bones around the eye and it affected his entire body.
& # 39; He was sitting on a ventilator, he was anesthetized and placed in a medically induced coma so that we could complete all the research we needed, & # 39; said Dr. Adebayo Esan.
Lafontant gave high fives and shook hands with several agents before being assisted in a waiting NYPD bus. He was hit in the head with a metal chair on Friday
Lafontant, 53, was greeted by a large gathering of NYPD agents when he emerged from the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center on Monday afternoon
The medical team later pulled Lafontant out of the coma when his condition began to improve over the weekend.
& # 39; He also still has very serious injuries, but he no longer needs an acute hospital & # 39 ;, Rose said.
NYPD Captain Craig Edelman, commanding officer of the 73rd district of Brooklyn, harassed the father of four and called him a & # 39; great family man & # 39;
He told me New York Post was a & # 39; mentor for younger officers & # 39; and represents all the qualities that a NYPD officer should have.
He added: & # 39; He is an inspiration to us all. & # 39; I think we should thank God for his life today. It was a very traumatic incident. He has suffered a lot of trauma in his head and neck. & # 39;
Edelman claimed that Lafontant was a & long way & # 39; recovery, but he & # 39; would come back to open arms & # 39; when he would eventually go back to work.
NYPD officer Lesly Lafontant on a photo of his Facebook page. He was placed in a medically induced coma following an attack by a T-shirt vendor in Brownsville
The incident took place at this nail salon in Brooklyn. The officers were flagged after Hawkes reportedly entered the building looking for a bathroom before urinating on the floor
The police are seen here Friday night and secure the scene after the two officers were injured and Ashun was killed
Hawkes had managed to escape from the scene, but was caught by authorities shortly thereafter.
He went to the nail salon and asked to use the bathroom there. When refused, Hawkes reportedly went to the kitchen, closed the door behind himself, and could then be heard urinating inside, according to a complaint from the New York Daily News.
When Hawkes left, a salon attendant claimed to have seen urine on the kitchen floor.
The employees then complained to the NYPD officers who had signaled that a man had entered the salon and began to urinate across the floor for disgusted customers.
A check of the court order revealed that Hawkes had an open order for criminal calamity.
Ashun (photo) was said to be bipolar and his family claimed he was seeking help
Dewayne Hawkes, 26, was charged with charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and criminal offense following the Goldmine Nail Salon incident in Brooklyn, New York
It was the fourth fatal shooting by a NYPD officer in less than two weeks. Some local leaders and lawyers have argued that the situation could have been addressed differently.
It was reported that Ashun suffered from mental health problems and his family sought help for him.
Officials and community activists, alongside the Ashun family, were planning to meet on Monday evening for a vigil in his memory, New York Daily News reported.
His sister, Ama Bartley, 35, told it New York Post on Friday he struggled with mental illness and desperately tried to get help for him, but to no avail.
She said Ashun had an appointment on October 14 with a mobile crisis team from the Ministry of Health.
But health workers decided after a short visit that he did not pose a threat to himself or others, she said.
& # 39; Eleven days later this happens & # 39 ;, she said. & # 39; We tried, we really tried to help him. He was a beautiful soul. He just fought heavy things. & # 39;
Ashun's relatives say he was bipolar. He would also have had a record of brutal abuse by the police.
Ashun was known to run a sidewalk with T-shirts and caps that he had embroidered by hand.
Police representatives shot the attack on the officers, the latest incident in New York.
Last week, two uniformed officers were attacked from behind while attempting to hold a man in Brooklyn.
In the summer, numerous uniformed officers had buckets of water dumped on them by unmanageable gangs.
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