A man armed with a knife was shot and killed by police on Friday night in an apartment building on Roosevelt Island, New York City. The incident occurred after the police responded to multiple 911 calls from the man’s relatives, who reported that he was threatening them. The confrontation unfolded in the building’s elevator. Deputy Chief Christine Bastedenbeck provided details of the incident to reporters.
According to Deputy Chief Bastedenbeck, four officers arrived at 540 Main Street in response to the distress calls. Three of the officers entered one of the building’s elevators, while the fourth officer remained in the lobby, anticipating backup. Suddenly, the armed suspect emerged from the second elevator and charged at the officer in the doorway, swinging a knife. Fearing for his safety, the officer quickly retreated outside.
Undeterred, the suspect turned his attention to the elevator occupied by the three officers. Despite attempts to subdue him with a Taser, the officers were forced to shoot the 21-year-old man. He was taken to a local hospital for his injuries, but later passed away. The suspect’s relative informed the police that he was not taking his medication and was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the incident.
A reporter, who was walking her dog nearby, heard several gunshots outside the building. The reporter witnessed uniformed officers rushing out of the residential building, followed by shots fired into the lobby. Within minutes, NYPD vehicles were seen speeding across the bridge toward the scene. Witnesses reported seeing police officers wearing body armor exiting the building.
A significant police presence marked the aftermath of the shooting. Three ambulances and numerous police cruisers were stationed outside the building. The incident left the typically quiet neighborhood in shock as residents grappled with the sudden violence that unfolded in their midst.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing. The use of force is a last resort, and officers are trained to prioritize the safety of themselves and others. The suspect’s mental state and substance use further complicate the incident’s circumstances.