Vigil held for Brooklyn man killed in police-involved shooting

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A vigil was held Saturday evening for Dwayne Jeune, the emotionally disturbed East Flatbush man who was shot and killed by police.

News 12 is told Jeune’s mother called 911 Monday saying her son was emotionally disturbed but not violent. However, police say that upon arrival, Jeune, 32, lunged at them with a carving knife.

Officials say Officer Miguel Gonzalez then shot Jeune in the chest with his pistol. Jeune died at the scene.

Jeune’s family is now questioning whether the NYPD followed the proper protocol.

Several friends and family say they hope Jeune’s death sets an example about why mental health deserves attention.

Community advocate Monique Waterman says she believes the community is facing a health crisis.

"If they get a 911 call [related to mental health,] there should be someone that is trained - whether it's another agency, whether it's the Department of Health," she said.

Officials tell News 12 they are continuing to investigate Jeune's death.

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