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Witnesses want to know why police fired so many shots during disturbance in midtown

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MANHATTAN – New Yorkers are familiar with angry outbursts.

It’s part of living in this sometimes chaotic city.

But countless witnesses surely never expected the angry ranting of a belligerent man inside a midtown Manhattan grocery story Wednesday morning to end with police officers fatally shooting him on the sidewalk.

The suspect, Garry Conrad Jr., of Fort George, wrestled to the ground with a responding officer on the corner of Eighth Avenue and West 49th Street.

When he got to his feet, he pulled out a knife on a responding NYPD officer and a sergeant. Both officers drew their weapons - and they fired a total of nine shots.