BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) – A man was fatally shot in a police-involved shooting inside a Bronx 7-Eleven on Saturday, NYPD Assistant Chief Benjamin Gurley said.
The man entered the convenience store at East Tremont and Barkley Avenue and started pacing back and forth inside the store, witnesses told police.
At some point, one of the employees stepped outside to talk to a relative. When they returned, the man was behind the counter with another employee and the employee seemed nervous, Gurley said.
The employee then walked over to the local police precinct, where they reported the incident. Officers from the 45th Precinct responded at around 2:30 p.m. and found the man inside the store and gave him several commands, which he did not follow, police said.
The man then pulled out a kitchen knife and lunged at the officers, according to Gurley. An officer withdrew their firearm and shot him in the torso, Gurley said.
The officer, who also had training as an EMT, then aided the suspect until EMS personnel arrived. The suspect was taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:14 p.m., police said.
The NYPD officers who responded to the call did not sustain injuries.
The man, who was known to police before the shooting, did not exchange words with officers during the incident, police said.
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