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Manhattan police shoot man after Taser incident

Police officers responding to a call shot and killed a man with a knife after he pulled prongs from a Taser out of his body.

Authorities arrived at 121-123 Vermilyea Ave. in the Inwood section of upper Manhattan around 5:15 a.m. yesterday after getting a 911 call about a threat being made against an officer.

Police said the four responding officers saw the 24-year-old man with a knife, identified themselves and told him to drop it.

When he didn't, one of the officers used his Taser, but the man pulled the electrical prongs fro his body, authorities said.

The officers fired, hitting him several times. The victim, identified as Emmanuel Paulino, was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The shooting incensed some in the neighborhood, who described the man as having emotional problems.

Neighbor Elizabeth Rodriguez told the Daily News that Paulino "was a good kid. He just had problems with cops." - AP

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