MOTT HAVEN, the Bronx — A machete-wielding man was shot dead by police in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx Tuesday, officials said.
The shooting happened at about 4:10 a.m. at 230 Brook Ave. Members of the Emergency Search Unit were attempting to execute a search warrant for guns and drugs in a third-floor apartment, according to police.
Police said that upon entering the apartment, two members of the team entered a rear bedroom and were confronted by a man brandishing a machete-like sword with a two-foot blade. Officers asked the man to drop the weapon and, when the man refused to comply, the lead officer fired and struck the man once in the chest, cops said.
The officer who fired the shot did not have a taser, police said. There is no body-camera footage of the shooting since ESU officers have not been fitted for them yet.
The man was given CPR and taken to Lincoln Hospital in critical condition, where he died, according to police. The man has not been officially identified.
The man who was shot was not the subject of the search warrant, police officials said. That person was not at home when the raid occurred and was later found in a nearby neighborhood. He has been taken into custody for questioning, police said.
There was another man present in the apartment when the shooting took place, who was taken to the hospital for trauma.
No officers were injured in the shooting.