Man Shot Dead by Cops After He Stabbed Wife, NYPD Says
QUEENS — Cops shot and killed a knife-wielding emotionally disturbed man in Oakland Gardens Thursday night after he allegedly stabbed his wife and turned the blade on himself, the NYPD said.
Police rushed to a home at 61-47 223rd Place, after a 911 caller reported that a man was stabbing himself at about 8:30 p.m., police said.
In the courtyard, officers found a 50-year-old man armed with a knife who had stabbed himself in the neck, police said. The man's wife, 51, was also found with stab wounds to her neck, cops said.
Police said the man ignored orders to drop the weapon, and they shot him twice in the chest. Both the victim and suspect were transported to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.
The man was pronounced dead on arrival and the woman was listed in critical condition, police said. The pair's identity has not been released.
Blood stains were still visible in front of the apartment Friday morning.
A neighbor described the couple as normally “quiet” but said he heard them fighting on Thursday night.
"Last night I heard lots of crying, arguing and then the shooting," said neighbor Bohyun Kang, noting he didn’t leave to see what was happening because he feared for the safety of his young child.
“You would never thought something like that could happen."
The shooting marked the fourth violent interaction between cops and emotionally disturbed suspects in less than two months.
On Monday, cops shot and wounded a 22-year-old man who was holding his mother at knifepoint outside their Upper East Side apartment.
On April 17, an officer was critically injured in East Harlem after a mentally unstable man stabbed him in the head.
And on March 23, a cop shot and wounded a woman who allegedly hurled a knife at him and fellow officers.