Police Kill Bronx Man They Say Charged Them Holding Knife

By Kevin Deutsch
kdeutsch@bronxjusticenews.com

A man police said chased a woman down with a knife before charging at narcotics officers was fatally shot by cops Thursday.

Authorities said the woman screamed for help as the man chased her in the roadway on East 233rd Street, near Barnes Avenue in Wakefield, shortly after 6 p.m.

The NYPD alleges two narcotics cops – a sergeant and a detective – heard her screams and rushed over to help.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said the cops identified themselves and ordered the man to drop his knife. He charged at them instead, according to the NYPD’s account, leading the cops to open fire and kill him.

Monahan said the incident was precipitated by the man harassing and threatening the woman, who he knew.

“He came up to her, threatening her, said he was going to kill her for not calling him,” Monahan said at a press conference after the shooting.

Police have not identified the dead man, and it was not clear whether there was any video footage taken of the killing.

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.