MORRISANIA, the Bronx (PIX11) – Police shot a man armed with a knife and scissors in the Bronx Friday morning, according to the NYPD.
“The situation was fast, volatile, and dangerous,” NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell said during a briefing.
Officers were called to an assisted living facility on Washington Avenue near East 163rd Street in Morrisania around 8:40 a.m. for a report of an emotionally disturbed person holding a large pair of scissors at the address, according to Chell.
Officers arrived to find a 39-year-old man holding scissors and a 12-inch kitchen knife, Chell said. The man ran at the officers but changed course and targeted a bystander who was outside smoking a cigarette, according to Chell.
“He went after this male with the scissors,” the NYPD chief added. “Our officers were able to distract him and give him commands to drop the scissors. At this time, in a full-fledged sprint, he came at one of our officers.”
The officer fired three times, shooting the man twice, Chell said. The man was taken to a hospital. Police described his condition as critical.
The officer was also taken to a hospital to be treated for tinnitus.
The man has four prior arrests and a documented mental history with the NYPD, Chell said.
The entire encounter was captured on NYPD body-worn cameras.