Officers shoot, kill man stabbing partner in Lower East Side: police

LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan — A man was shot and killed by police as he stabbed his partner at a Lower East Side apartment on Friday, according to the NYPD.

Police say the knife pictured was used to stab a person in Manhattan on Feb. 8, 2019. The accused attacked was shot dead by police. (NYPD)

Uniformed officers responded to a domestic dispute just before 7 a.m. at an apartment on Cherry Street between Pike Slip and Frank T. Modica Way, between the Lower East Side and Two Bridges, police said.

The victim called 911 and told police his partner forced him to barricade in the bathroom. The victim was advised to stay in place until officers arrived, NYPD Chief of Department Terence A. Monahan said.

Responding officers were met at the front door by the 911 caller, who said his partner was in the rear of the apartment.

The suspect was initially compliant with police, Monahan said, and the officers began to escort him through the hallway.

That's when police said he broke off from the officers, grabbed a knife from the kitchen, ran toward his partner and began to stab the victim, police said.

“This happened in an instant — within in a second. As he’s walking out, he grabs that knife and immediately goes toward his domestic partner and begins stabbing him," Monahan said.

Officers opened fire, striking the suspect, according to police. Five shots were fired in total — two from one officer, and three from another, according to Monahan. It was all captured on body-cam footage, which has not been released.

An ambulance responds after police shot a man in the Lower Manhattan Feb. 8, 2019. (Citizen)

Officers immediately rendered aid until an ambulance arrived, and the suspect was hospitalized, where he was pronounced dead, Monahan said.

The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for slash wounds on the right side of his face and left shoulder, and a puncture wound to the right shoulder, police said. He is expected to survive.

No officers were injured, according to police.

There was a history of domestic violence between the two individuals, and an order of protection was placed against the suspect three days before the incident, authorities said.

Authorities give an update on the shooting. 

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