Unarmed Man Charged In Shooting After Cops Missed Him But Hit Women

Man is indicted on the theory that he was responsible for injuries suffered by bystanders

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After New York City police shot at but missed an emotionally disturbed man who was throwing himself in front of cars near Times Square, the man is now being charged for assault of the two bystanders who cops shot instead.

According to an indictment unsealed Wednesday, 35-year-old Glenn Broadnax of Brooklyn has been charged with assault on the theory that he was responsible for the wounds suffered by two bystanders in September, the New York Times reports. After he lurched into traffic, police officers tried to contain Broadnax. He then allegedly reached into his pocket, prompting two police officers to open fire. They missed, hitting two women nearby while a police sergeant brought Broadnax down with a Taser.

Broadnax was initially arrested for menacing, drug possession and resisting arrest, but a grand jury said he “recklessly engaged in conduct which created a grave risk of death.” The felony assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.

A lawyer for Broadnax said that he suffers from anxiety and depression, but a court-ordered psychiatrist determined he is competent to stand trial. On Wednesday, a Manhattan judge set his bond at $100,000.