A man was shot and killed by police near a park in Brooklyn after he attacked a woman and her dog with a machete, police said.
Police received a call just after 6 p.m. about a man acting erratic with a machete near Betsy Head Park at the intersection of Dumont Avenue and Strauss Street in Brownsville, fire officials said. The suspect was said to be roaming the neighborhood while breaking windows, damaging parked cars, lying on the ground, trying to break into a front yard and chasing people, according to police.
As the 18-year-old suspect was walking along the street with machete in hand, he attacked a woman who was walking her dog, police said. The woman suffered deep cuts to her hands as well as a head injury, according to police, and the dog was also slashed. Both were expected to recover from their injuries.
When officers arrived at the scene, they ordered him to drop the weapon. He refused before lunging at the cops, who in return fired one shot. The suspect was hit and later died.
Police advised people avoid the area while the investigation is ongoing.
The police shooting comes just a day after an officer shot a suspect in the leg after he charged at them in another section of Brooklyn. Officers in Prospect Lefferts Gardens responded to calls for a man with a gun, and while taking an armed man into custody were charged at by another man.
The man, identified as Curtis McGarrell, reached into the waistband of his pants before quickly removing his hand, leading to an officer firing two shots, NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said. No gun was found on the 35-year-old McGarrell.