NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - The NYPD suspended two cops while it investigates how they handled a 911 call to check on a woman in Brooklyn who later ended up dead.
The officers supposedly responded to the home of Tonie Wells, 22, in Crown Heights on Wednesday at about 8:40 a.m., reported no signs of distress and then left.
But now the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is probing whether the officers even went inside the brownstone at all. Citing sources within the department, the New York Post reported that the officers drove to the address of the home but never got out of their police car.
Less than two hours later, different officers responded to the same home and found Wells dead at the base of a stairwell, authorities said. Her neck was bruised and her body showed other signs of trauma, police said.
Cops took her husband into custody for questioning. He has not been charged. Officials said he has been accused at least twice of domestic violence.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a retired police captain, said he is outraged by Wells' death. He told reporters that he is troubled by the reports that the officers may have never exited their car.
"It appears as though this job was '90X,' which is 'unfounded,'" Adams said, referring to an NYPD radio code. "And without a thorough investigation of a minimum of knocking on the door, that is unacceptable."
Police Commissioner James O'Neill did not comment specifically about the officers in this case but said that cops who don't live up to the NYPD's high standards should be investigated and could face discipline.