New York police fatally shot a Bronx man armed with a knife and what turned out to be a fake pistol Wednesday as they visited his apartment for a wellness check, according to the NYPD.
Police said the incident began about 4 p.m. when the landlord accompanied two officers he had requested for a wellness check because he hadn’t seen the tenant on Pratt Street in some time.
The landlord opened the third-floor apartment door with a key and police saw the man with a knife in one hand and the other hand behind his back, police said.
“The officers commenced dialogue with him . . . directing him to drop the knife,” NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez said.
He said it was several minutes later, after backup officers arrived, that the officers noticed what appeared to be a handgun in his right hand.
In a confrontation caught on officers’ body cameras, the man refused orders to drop his weapons, then started pointing what looked like a real gun at the officers, Gomez said in a news conference Wednesday night.
“The officers asked the male if the gun was real, ordered him to drop it, explaining and adding ‘We don’t want to hurt you,’ ” Gomez said. “As the subject raised the gun in the direction of the officers, one officer fired his Taser. Two other officers fired their service weapons, striking the subject several times.”
The man, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene, where investigators recovered a knife and a fake, silver and black handgun with a red laser sight, Gomez said.
NYPD officials have the body cameras. “Further review of those cameras will be made,” the chief said.