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Police Shoot Knife-Wielding Man in Hamilton Heights: Officials

What to Know

  • Two officers responding to an apartment in Hamilton Heights on Sunday were met by a man with knives, police say
  • The man charged at the officers and one of the officers shot him in the leg, according to police
  • The man is expected to survive and the officers were not injured

An NYPD officer shot a man armed with two knives in Hamilton Heights on Sunday evening, police say.

The man was shot at an apartment building at West 143rd Street and Riverside Drive shortly before 5:30 p.m. as police responded to a call of an emotionally disturbed person who was attempting suicide.

Police say two officers who knocked at a sixth-floor apartment were met at the door by a man armed with two knives.

police shooting knife photo
The NYPD released an image of one of the knives they say the man had when officers arrived.

The officers ordered the man to drop the knives, but police say the man advanced toward the officers, who had retreated into a hallway. Police say one of the officers then fired his weapon, striking the man in the leg. Officials say the man had already stabbed himself once before he was shot. 

The officers performed first aid and called for an ambulance, police said. 

Video from the scene shows heavily armed officers and police tape cordoning off an apartment building. Another video shows the man who was shot being carried out of the building by first-responders.

The man was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. The officers were taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for observation. 

Video shows a man being carried out of a Harlem building after he was shot and injured by an officer.

The man will face criminal charges, however, it still wasn't clear what those charges are, according to police. 

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