Man With Knife Shot Dead by Police in Brooklyn: Sources

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    A man with a knife was shot dead by police in Brooklyn Monday, according to law enforcement officials. Ida Siegal reports. (Published Monday, Nov 18, 2013)

    A man with a knife was shot dead by police in Brooklyn Monday, according to law enforcement officials.

    Sources say officers were called to the building on Hart Street in Bushwick for a dispute between a tenant and a building superintendent. 

    When they arrived, the 22-year-old tenant threw a drinking glass at police in their patrol car, sources said. The officers got out to confront the man and saw that he had a knife.

    When the officers ordered him to drop the knife, the man instead lunged at one of the officers, sources said. The officer fired his weapon about five times, hitting the man in the torso and left hand. 

    Witness Lucy Perez said the officer had been trying to get away from the man but "the guy just kept on and on." 

    The man died on his way to the hospital.

    "If I would have been the cop -- God bless the family and I feel their pain -- but if it would have been me, I would have done the same thing," Perez said.

    Sources say the knife-wielding man has a history of mental illness.