How a Bronx Man was Killed by Police After Dueling 911 Calls

(THE CITY) , April 25, 2019

On the night of April 14, Kawaski Trawick, 32, got locked out of his apartment in a building run by a nonprofit in The Bronx.

He had food cooking on the stove, according to the Fire Department.

There were dueling 911 calls: a distraught Trawick reporting his fears of a fire – and the building superintendent and a security guard saying he was banging on doors, harassing neighbors.

The FDNY came and left after breaking open the door of his apartment at 1616 Grand Ave. in Morris Heights. The police arrived seven minutes later – an encounter that ended with Trawick’s shooting death and with his family asking why he had to die.

“I don’t think they really had to kill my son, I don’t think they had to shoot him and shoot him dead like that,” his father, Ricky Trawick, told THE CITY in a phone interview from Georgia.

How the situation went from a lockout to deadly shooting within minutes was unclear.

A Tragic Chronology

Police said they arrived at Trawick’s apartment door at 11:06 p.m. The two cops on the scene found him wielding a wooden stick and a serrated knife, the NYPD said.

After the officers talked with Trawick for less than two minutes, they tasered him, police said. He fell and the officers moved to arrest him. Police said he got up, threatened them and charged.

One cop fired his gun four times, hitting Trawick twice. The dance aerobics instructor was declared dead at Bronx Lebanon Hospital at 11:46 p.m.

The NYPD said the incident was captured on an officer’s body camera, but declined to make the footage public Wednesday.