Police Shoot Man With Box Cutters in Astoria

By Katherine Creag
|  Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011  |  Updated 12:03 PM EDT
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A man emerged from an apartment building, allegedly carrying two box cutters. When officers told him to drop the weapons he refused.

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Police shot a man they say refused commands to drop box cutters he carried out of an apartment building in Astoria Wednesday morning.

The incident happened before 2 a.m. at Astoria Boulevard and 21st Street.

Police say the man refused to surrender his weapons even after being Tasered and pepper sprayed.

An officer shot the suspect, who has not been identified, once. He remains hospitalized with unclear injuries. 

Police responded to a 911 call from a woman at about 1:30 a.m. The woman, who had been arguing with the man, met police officers on the corner of 21st Street and 28th Avenue in Astoria. 

He emerged from an apartment building, allegedly carrying two box cutters. When officers told him to drop the weapons he refused. 

Police say one of the officers used a Taser on him, but the man merely took the Taser wires off his body. 

Police say an officer then Maced the man, but he refused to surrender. Then an officer shot the suspect once in the stomach. 

Paramedics took him to Elmhurst Hospital.

Detectives went door-to-door in the neighborhood looking for witnesses. The investigation is ongoing.

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