Brooklyn, New York — Early this morning, Jason Pass, a 47-year-old man suspected of executing his two neighbors over a noise complaint, was shot dead by New York Police Department (NYPD) officers following a tense standoff.
Uniformed officers stopped Pass due to a license plate issue while he was in a car on Bay 44th Street. The encounter escalated dramatically when Pass brandished a knife. “He attacked them with a knife,” an officer told media outlets, leading them to open fire.
Pass was immediately transported to NYU Langone Hospital in a critical state, having sustained four gunshot wounds, three of which were to the chest. “He gave us no choice,” the officer stated.
A Violent History Unveiled
Pass, who had past employment as a criminal security guard and an MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) driver, was already under investigation for the brutal killings of 47-year-old school bus driver Bladimy Mathurin and his 27-year-old stepson, Chinwai Mode. The crime had occurred in their apartment building on 1418 Brooklyn Avenue in Flatbush shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The mother of Mode was present during the incident but managed to escape the violent scene unharmed.
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NYPD’s Search Comes to an End
Following the double homicide, the NYPD lost track of Pass, only recently locating him through a traffic stop. Security footage previously released by the police depicted Pass confronting his neighbors in the hallway of their apartment building, armed with a pair of scissors.
Mathurin, who was the last to exit his apartment, engaged Pass before being shot alongside his stepson. Even after Mathurin fell in front of his own door, Pass shot him once more in the back before fleeing the scene.
Persistent Noise Complaints Preceded Tragedy
Local media had reported that Pass had a history of grievances with his neighbors, having called the city’s 311 hotline at least six times since 2022 to complain about noise emanating from their apartment.
In the wake of these tragic events, the NYPD has successfully brought to an end the search for a man suspected of taking two lives, albeit at the cost of another.