Police: Knife-Wielding Man Shot By Officer At Bronx Halfway House

April 15, 2019 - 12:41 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Police say a knife-wielding man was shot and killed by police Sunday night at a halfway house in the Bronx.

The New York Post reports that the man was banging on doors inside the Hill House halfway house, prompting two harassment calls to police shortly before 11 p.m.

The man was shot after allegedly charging at officers twice with a stick and a large kitchen knife.

"It escalated very quickly," NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said. "The uniformed officers gave numerous commands to drop the weapons." 

An officer first used his Taser on the 32-year-old suspect, but he got up quickly, WCBS 880's Marla Diamond reported.

"It appeared to be justified. They're coming at him. This guy's charging at him with a knife in one hand, a stick in the other, screaming at them in a confined space. Again, I say this quite often, officers have to make a decision in a matter of seconds and that's what happened here," Monahan said.

The same officer fired his gun four times, striking the suspect in the chest.

Citing privacy concerns, Monahan would not say why the man was living at the halfway house in the Morris Heights section of the borough, but neighbors say he had been shunned by his family and had untreated mental illness. 

The suspect had two recent arrests for harassment and breaking a window at the halfway house, Diamond reported.

The man died at Bronx Lebanon Hospital.