Cop Shoots, Kills Knife-Wielding Disturbed Man in Manhattan

Officers tried Tasing the suspect and shooting him with a rubber bullet but he kept advancing

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012  |  Updated 6:42 AM EDT
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Cop Shoots, Kills Knife-Wielding Man

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A police officer shot and killed an emotionally disturbed knife-wielding suspect who refused to drop his weapon after repeated demands inside a building in Manhattan Tuesday evening.      

Police say officers responded to a woman's 911 call reporting a man with a knife in an apartment on Morningside Avenue near West 124th Street just after 6:30 p.m.

Responding officers isolated and contained the 28-year-old suspect and called the Emergency Services United. When ESU officers arrived, the suspect confronted them with a foot-long kitchen knife, police said.

Officers Tased the suspect when he continuned to advance, refusing to drop the knife. The first stun had no effect and police fired a rubber bullet, which also had no impact. After a second Taser attempt still did not stop the suspect from advancing, officers fired once and hit him in the torso.

He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Police say the suspect got so close to police he managed to slash the vest of one officer and puncture a first aid kit attached to another officer's vest.

The knife was recovered at the scene.

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