The Fire Department says lightning struck the tower of Christ Church on Clinton Street in Cobble Hill around 8:00 p.m. Pieces of the tower fell onto the street and onto the church scaffolding, causing part of it to collapse.
The 61-year-old man who was walking on the street at the time was hit by the falling debris. He was rushed to Long Island College Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The victim was later identified as Assistant Attorney General Richard Schwartz. He served for over 25 years as as an expert antitrust lawyer in the Office of the Attorney General's economic justice division.
"New York is a better place because of Richard's commitment to fairness and legal excellence. Richard's loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers as we mourn the untimely loss of one of our own," New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in a written statement.
Police shut down the streets around the church as a precaution in case any more of the scaffolding collapses.
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