Police shoot, kill ’emotionally disturbed’ East Flatbush man who lunged at them with knife: NYPD

EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — A police officer shot and killed an emotionally disturbed man who charged at them with a large carving knife after another cop unsuccessfully tried to subdue him with a stun gun, the NYPD said Monday.

The man was apparently holding this knife when he charged at police. (NYPD)

The mother of the man called 911 at 12:22 p.m. to report an nonviolent emotionally disturbed person at her son's fifth-floor apartment a 1370 New York Ave. in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, police said.

When the man's mother let four officers into the apartment, he allegedly charged at police while carrying a carving knife. An officer initially used a stun gun on the man, targeting his chest and arm. When the man "fought through" the impact of the stun gun , an officer fatally shot him in the chest, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man's identity was not revealed at an NYPD news conference Monday afternoon.

The shooting occurred on a residential street lined with apartment complexes.

Councilman Jumaane Williams released the following statement on the fatal encounter:

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of the man that was killed today. While news is developing around the incident, I am nonetheless concerned with the loss of life that occurred. In particular, whether protocols were followed for dealing with a call for an Emotionally Disturbed Person. Until we get further information, I ask that we keep our prayers with the family."