An NYPD officer shot and killed a man with a knife in midtown Manhattan Wednesday morning, while officials said a woman and an officers were both injured.
The 46-year-old man who was shot went into the Food Emporium at West 49th Street and Eighth Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. and tried to buy beer, according to police.
He then became “aggressive and belligerent,” NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill said. “He was swearing at the people in the store, towards the workers.”
An officer nearby saw the ruckus and went to intervene. A struggle ensued and both the man and the officer fell to the ground outside the store.
Two other officers were called to the scene, and the man allegedly pulled out an 8-inch knife. Officers ordered the man to drop his weapon, and two of the cops opened fire when he approached them with the blade.
The officers fired a total of nine shots, at least one of which fatally struck the man. A 46-year-old woman in the busy district was grazed by a bullet as well.
One of the officers was also injured in the ruckus, but NYPD officials said that the officer was not hit by a bullet.
Both the woman and officer were taken to the hospital in stable condition. The man with the knife was pronounced dead at the scene. Sharona Shriver, who lives in an apartment building near the crime scene, said she was doing her makeup when she heard the shots.
“He was face down with blood pouring out of his head. Looked like it was coming out of his head or upper body,” she said. “A trail of blood.”
Her roommate Tamar Mendelson said she heard about six shots, and when she looked out the window she saw the officer crying.
An NBC 4 New York videographer was in the area at the time and also witnessed the shooting.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and Chopper 4 footage from the busy intersection near at least two Broadway theaters showed dozens of officers crowded around a sheet in the roadway.
The roadways were cordoned off with police tape, and officials said witnesses were being interviewed.