THROGS NECK, Bronx – Cops shot an armed man in the thigh after he threatened to kill himself with a knife, according to police.
It happened at 2755 Dewey Ave. in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx minutes before 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Two uniformed officers with Police Service Area 8, which covers the Throgs Neck Houses, observed a man with a hand to his side and believed he had a weapon, assistant NYPD chief Larry Nikunen, Bronx commanding officer, said in an early Wednesday press conference.
The housing officers told him to stop but the suspect, later identified as Carlos Colon, 25, ran into the Dewey Avenue building and they began to pursue him, according to Nikunen. The pair caught up with him on the 7th floor of the apartment where he was in possession of a knife and began cutting himself and threatening to take his life, Nikunen said.
A NYPD 45 Precinct plainclothes sergeant arrived and tasered the suspect once, Nikunen said. However, Colon continued to advance toward the officers with the knife and that's when one of the housing officers shot him in the upper thigh once, police said.
He still didn't drop his weapon and then he was tasered a second time and successfully placed into police custody.
Colon was taken to a local hospital in stable condition, Nikunen said.
None of the housing police officers were injured during the exchange but were taken to a local hospital for observation.
Hours earlier, NYPD received intelligence of gang activity near the Throgs Neck Houses. One of the housing officers involved in the police-involved shooting made an arrest in the incident, Nikunen said.
PIX11's Myles Miller contributed to this report.