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Cops Fatally Shoot Man Who Stabbed Roommate Then Lunged at Them, NYPD Says

By  Jess Wisloski and Jesse Lent | March 23, 2013 2:53pm | Updated on March 23, 2013 10:00pm

CARROLL GARDENS — Police shot and killed a 28-year-old Brooklyn man Friday night after the man attacked his roommate with a knife then tried to lunge at cops, police said.

The knifing victim, 53, called police around 8 p.m. and was waiting inside Zen Spa, on Court Street, near West 9th Street, suffering from a wound in his shoulder, police said.

The victim told police his roommate had attacked him with the knife in their second-story apartment after a dispute, cops said.

As the uniformed officers were leaving the business with the victim, the alleged attacker approached the group with the knife in his hand, police said.

"Drop the weapon," the officers demanded, but the suspect instead lunged at the cops wielding the weapon, police said, and the officers fired at him, striking the man in the stomach.

Both of the roommates were rushed to Lutheran Hospital, where the 28-year-old attacker was pronounced dead on arrival, and the 53-year-old was in stable condition, police said.

Mark Zeidan, 37, the owner of 556 Delicatessen Corp., one block away from Zen Spa, says the two men are related, and that the victim was the 28-year-old man's uncle.

"Both of them stuck together in the same building," he said. "I don't know what happened to him. I don't know why he stabbed his uncle."

Police would not confirm or deny if the two men are related. The suspect's information had not been released as of Saturday, and an investigation is ongoing.

Local employees said a portion of the block was closed off for over 12 hours.

Zeidan, who recalls hearing seven or eight shots at the time of the incident, recalls the now-deceased man once telling him he worked in construction.

He pointed to a stained wood door threshold the attacker had installed in Zeidan's bodega.

"He could fix anything," Zeidan said. "Ask him, he'd fix it for you."