BROOKLYN — A man who was shot by an NYPD officer after lunging at him with a knife in East Flatbush has been charged with attempted assault, police said Thursday.
Davonte Pressley, 23, was critically injured after officers responding to reports of a man wielding a knife in front of a laundromat on Remsen Avenue shot him in the torso.
His mother, Paulette Pressley, said Davonte suffers from bipolar disorder and has never before been violent.
Davonte was charged with attempted assault on an officer, attempted menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.
It was not immediately clear when he would be arraigned. His mother previously said he had to undergo more surgery on Thursday.
Officers were responding to 911 calls about a man holding a knife and gun when they came upon Davonte.
They ordered him to drop the weapon. He refused and thrust his knife at an officer, who then fired three shots, according to the NYPD.
He was taken to Brookdale Hospital and underwent surgery.
Paulette said Davonte is an aspiring rapper who gets monthly shots for his mental illness.
She added even if her son was acting irrationally, officers should have Tased him or used pepper spray instead of shooting.
“It doesn’t take 20 police officers to take one person,” she said at the hospital on Wednesday. “It doesn’t make any sense.”