Officers shoot, kill man armed with knife in Brooklyn: police

Brooklyn

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Authorities in Brooklyn opened fire and fatally shot a man armed with a knife early Monday morning, police said.

The incident occurred on Eastern Parkway, near the corner of Utica Avenue, in the Crown Heights neighborhood, an NYPD spokesperson said.

Police said officers responded to 911 calls around 4:10 a.m. reporting a man with a weapon.

Officers responded to the scene and ordered the suspect to show his hands, as he had one hand in his pocket, while the other was holding a knife, said Assistant Chief Michael Kemper, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.

NYPD provides an update on the police-involved shooting.

When officers ordered him to drop the knife and show his hands, the suspect ignored the commands and descended into the Utica Avenue subway station, Kemper said.

Police followed the man into the station and continued to give commands to drop the knife. Officers then deployed their tasers with no effect, according to Kemper.

When the suspect fled out of the station back onto the street, officers at street level also ordered him to show his hands.

The man then lunged at the officers with the knife, causing them to open fire, police said.

The two officers fired several rounds, striking the man.

Police rendered aid, and the suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. Officials did not immediately identify the deceased.

A knife with a pink handle was recovered from the scene, police said. No firearm has been recovered, according to Kember.

No police officers were physically injured during the incident, the NYPD said.

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