Cops Shoot, Kill Knife-Wielding Chef During Domestic Violence Call in New Jersey

Authorities say the man's wife had reported he was abusing her and asked for a restraining order

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013  |  Updated 7:08 AM EDT
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Cops Kill Knife-Wielding Chef During Domestic Violence Call

Police officers shot and killed a New York City chef who they say lunged at them with two knives when they went to his New Jersey home to arrest him on a domestic assault charge, authorities said. 

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office says Dante Cespedes' wife, a mother of four, went to the Belleville Police Department to say her husband was physically assaulting her.

Four officers went to their home to arrest Cespedes and serve the 40-year-old with a temporary restraining order.

The prosecutor's office says Cespedes appeared intoxicated and lunged at the officers with two knives. Three officers opened fire and Cespedes was pronounced dead at the scene Tuesday.

Officials are investigating whether the officers were justified in shooting.

Cespedes worked as a relief chef at New York City's Algonquin Hotel. The hotel's general manager told The Star-Ledger of Newark everyone is shocked and saddened by his death.

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