MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — The family of a knife-wielding man who was shot to death by police in their Morningside Avenue apartment Tuesday night has made arrangements to fly Mohamed Bah’s body to Guinea for burial, a family member said.
Bah, 28, was naked and armed with a foot-long knife inside his family’s fifth-floor apartment at 113 Morningside Ave., near West 124th Street, when police arrived at the scene shortly before 7 p.m., on Sept. 25, police said.
Bah’s mother, Hawa, who called the police, flew in from Guinea, where the family is from, after she became concerned that her son sounded irrational in their phone conversations.
When police showed up at the apartment Bah slightly opened the door, gripping the knife, prompting police to pull the door closed for their own protection.
After slashing one of the officer’s bullet proof vests and refusing to drop his weapon, police Tasered Bah and struck him with rubber bullets, police said.
Bah kept coming at the police and that’s when the officers shot him in the torso. Bah was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he died, police said.
Bah’s sister, who refused to give her name, said Bah’s body will be flown back to Guinea. There may be a gathering at a mosque in the Manhattan before he’s flown back, the sister said.