An NYPD sergeant fatally shot a man Wednesday night in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan when the suspect refused to drop a knife after killing a woman inside an apartment building, authorities said.
Uniformed and plainclothes cops responded to a 6:50 p.m. call at the apartment building on St. Nicholas Terrace and climbed to a 5th floor unit, police said at a news conference late Wednesday night outside the 26th Precinct, not far from the crime scene.
Once on the fifth floor, the sergeant, who was not identified, saw the unit's door ajar and a woman laying on the ground with a gunshot to the head and stab wounds, police said. He then saw two men struggling on the ground as one attempted to stab the other, said NYPD Chief of Patrol Services Fausto Pichardo at the news conference.
After the man with the knife refused repeated orders to drop it, the sergeant opened fire, striking the suspect in the torso, police said.
The woman, 45, and the suspect, 44, were both pronounced dead at the scene, Pichardo said. Neither was immediately identified.
Investigators recovered a Glock semi-automatic handgun and 12-inch kitchen knife at the scene, Pichardo said.
The other man involved in the initial struggle, 39, was taken to a hospital where he was listed in satisfactory condition, the chief said. A second woman, 41, was inside the apartment at the time but not injured, Pichardo said. Neither was immediately identified.
The investigation is ongoing and being handled by detectives with the 26th Precinct, police said.
With Antonio Planas