Police officers responding to a call shot and killed a Manhattan man wielding a knife after he pulled prongs from a Taser out of his body.
Authorities arrived at 121-123 Vermilyea Ave. in Inwood at 5:15 a.m. Sunday after getting a 911 call about a threat being made against an officer.
Police said the four responding officers saw the man with a knife, identified themselves and told him to drop it. When he didn't, one of the officers used his Taser, but the man pulled the electrical prongs from his body, police said.
The officers fired, hitting the man several times. The victim, identified as Emmanuel Paulino, 24, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The shooting incensed some in the neighborhood, who described Paulino as having emotional problems.
Neighbor Elizabeth Rodriguez told the Daily News that the man "was a good kid. He just had problems with cops.''
The NYPD says the officers opened fire on the 35-year-old after he ignored numerous orders to drop a gun. The officers say they fired only after the man aimed the gun in their direction.
The encounter happened at about 3:45 a.m. Saturday in the borough's Morrisania section.
The NYPD says the officers were not in uniform, but wore badges around their necks and verbally identified themselves as police.
They initially approached the man after seeing a gun in his hand on the street.
Authorities say the suspect, who was wounded in the arm, was treated at a hospital and that his 9mm handgun was recovered at the scene.