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Mother reacts to shooting of son by police

By Ben Brumfield and Antoinette Campbell, CNN
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(CNN) -- The mother of a Pace University student who was wounded by police gunfire that killed his friend over the weekend spoke out about the incident Monday.

"These are good children," Donna Parks, mother of Brandon Cox, who was shot and wounded, told CNN's Brooke Baldwin. "He went to police and told them he was shot and they handcuffed my son."

Danroy Henry Jr., 20, was pronounced dead early Sunday after two officers shot at his vehicle. Police in the town of Mount Pleasant, New York, said Henry struck two officers with his car and was driving toward a third when officers opened fire.

"They pulled DJ (Henry) out of the car, handcuffed him, put him face down on the ground and left him there for 15 to 20 minutes," Parks said, crying as she described what happened after the shooting.

The incident occurred after police responded to a disturbance in a parking lot in front of a bar shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, police said.

An officer had "observed a large group of unruly patrons" in front of Finnegan's Grill in Thornwood, New York, and called for support. Some 50 police officers responded to the brawl, which continued after the shooting incident, according to police.

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Officers were breaking up fights, police said, when "a vehicle parked in the fire lane" accelerated. A police officer tried to stop the vehicle, which Henry was driving, but its mirror struck the officer, police said.

The officer "ended up on the hood," police said.

Another police officer tried to pull the first one down from the hood, when the car struck him as well, according to police.

The officer on the hood shot at the driver, but the vehicle "continued in the fire lane heading directly towards another Mount Pleasant officer, who also fired at the vehicle," according to a police press release.

Parks denied police accounts, saying, "They were sitting a car waiting for a friend to come out, when the police officer banged ... tapped on the window."

She said her son told her Henry thought officers wanted him to move the car so he began driving, and "another police officer with his gun drawn just ran out in front of DJ's car."

Parks said Henry had no time to stop, but was not trying to hit the officers.

"These boys have never been suspended or arrested." Parks told CNN, "they've done everything that we as parents have asked them to do."

She admits she and her husband have advised their son not to talk to police about the incident until he gets counsel, but says the police have not reached out to them or their son for a statement.

"We are beside ourselves," Henry's father, Danroy Henry Sr., told CNN affiliate WCVB. "His coach called him today a man of high moral character," the father said.

Student organizations at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York, carried lights from the school's fitness center to its football field Sunday night in memory of Henry.

CNN's Jason Kessler contributed to this report.