Man Armed With Knife Shot and Killed by NYPD Officer in Midtown Manhattan
A New York City police officer shot and killed a man in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday morning, May 18, during rush hour.
The encounter took place at around 8:30 a.m. ET in a busy and tourist-packed area of the city.
Police said the suspect had a knife and lunged at an officer before the cop fired, but police are still investigating the matter.
ABC News reported that police were called into the area after the man was threatening or had assaulted someone with a knife.
An officer sustained a non-life-threatening slash wound in the incident.
Another woman was struck in the arm and is expected to survive, reports say. It’s unclear how many shots the officer fired.
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“He was face down with blood pouring out of his head. Looked like it was coming out of his head or upper body,” Sharona Shriver, a woman who lives in a nearby apartment building said. “A trail of blood.”
Her roommate said they heard about six shots in all. When she looked out the window, she saw the officer crying.
Neither the suspect or the officer were identified. The suspect’s knife was recovered
The man’s body was spotted laying in the street on Eighth Ave. and 49th St.—located just a few streets from Times Square—following the shooting, the New York Daily News reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.