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Police Shoot Knife-Wielding Man Who Charged at Them, NYPD Says

By Trevor Kapp | October 23, 2017 7:47am | Updated on October 23, 2017 3:21pm
 Police said the suspect charged at them with these knives.
Police said the suspect charged at them with these knives.
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HAMILTON HEIGHTS — NYPD officers shot an emotionally disturbed man who they said charged at them with a pair of knives inside an apartment building hallway Sunday — the second police-involved shooting captured by body cameras.

Police were called to the sixth floor of 610 W. 143rd St., between Broadway and Riverside Drive, for a suicidal person about 5:30 p.m., the NYPD said.

“As officers knocked on the apartment door, a male opened the door armed with two knives,” NYPD Assistant Chief Rodney Harrison said. “The officers told the male to drop the knife and retreated into the hallway as the male, again, armed with two knives, advanced toward the officers.”

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One of the officers then opened fire, wounding the 27-year-old man's left leg, according to the NYPD.

Police performed first aid before the man was taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke's, police said.

He'd stabbed himself in the stomach before officers arrived, police said.

He's expected to be charged, but hadn't been as of Monday morning, police said. It wasn't immediately clear what he'd be charged with.

The responding officers were taken to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center for observation, police said.

The NYPD plans to release body-camera footage of the shooting at some point, but the department yet to set a  date, Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

"We’re in the initial stages of the investigation with our Force Investigation Division. We have to, of course, talk to Cy Vance, the Manhattan District Attorney," he said.

"As these things happen, it’s going to vary from case to case. We’re going to definitely release it. We’re looking to build trust within the city. I think it’s important for all New Yorkers to see the reality of what it takes to be a New York City cop.” 

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