Police officers investigating the scene of a deadly Labor Day gun battle between cops and a masked gangbanger found a possible explosive device in the Brooklyn backyard where the shooting took place, law enforcement sources said Tuesday.
Cops with the NYPD’s Force Investigation Division, which reviews officer-involved shootings, found the suspicious device at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in a yard on Howard Ave. at Dumont Ave., sources said.
The device, described as an egg-shaped container with a fuse and possible explosive material, was deactivated, sources said.
Investigators are trying to determine if the device is linked to Brandon Clayton, a Bloods member fatally shot by cops early Sept. 2, sources said.
Three cops came across Clayton, who was wanted for violating parole in a gun possession case, at about 2:30 a.m. He wore a mask on his face, and pulled out a gun when officers tried to talk to him, according to a transcript of police radio transmissions obtained by the Daily News.
He fled, then turned and started shooting at two officers in a police car. A third officer who left the car exchanged gunfire with Clayton, and about a half-hour later, he was spotted trying to break into a backyard on Howard Ave. Clayton again exchanged fire with the officers, and was fatally shot, police said.
The officers who found the device were looking for ballistic evidence from the shooting.