EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan –Authorities say a police officer shot and wounded a man who refused to drop his knife in Manhattan during a middle-of-the-night encounter Tuesday.
Shortly after midnight, patrol officers responded to a call of a possible emotionally disturbed person at 911 FDR Drive in the East Village, police said.
But by the time they arrived, the man had run away to 765 FDR Drive.
Officers trailed him to the seventh floor of the housing complex where, law enforcement sources told PIX11 News, his grandmother lives. They heard a "loud commotion" on that floor and followed the sound.
Inside an apartment unit, they found the 25-year-old man armed with a knife, police said.
The culprit allegedly refused to drop the weapon and moved toward the officers "in a threatening manner," police said.
One of the officers -- a sergeant -- fired once at the man, hitting him in the chest.
The knife-wielding perpetrator, who has more than 12 prior arrests, was taken to a hospital. He is expected to survive.
The two officers were taken to a hospital for observation.
A knife was recovered at the scene, police said. But a witness doubted the official recollection of the encounter.
"If they say he had a knife, they're (expletive) lying," the witness said.
An investigation is underway.
PIX11 News' Myles Miller contributed to this report.