Two NYPD officers shot and killed a screwdriver-wielding man who threatened his mother in Queens and refused to drop the tool when confronted early Saturday, the NYPD said.
Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan said the cops each fired once, killing the 28-year-old man.
The officers had responded shortly after 2:30 a.m. to a 911 caller reporting hearing a screaming woman at 137-64 Westgate St., in the Springfield Gardens neighborhood, Monahan said.
“The woman was screaming, ‘He’s gonna kill me! He’s gonna kill me!’” Monahan said.
At the rear of the home, the officers encountered a man threatening a woman with a screwdriver in a small stairwell leading to a basement apartment.
The officers told him to drop the tool, but he refused, Monahan said. In a struggle to disarm the man, Monahan said, the officers fired a Taser but missed and then their guns. The man was pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. The woman wasn’t harmed, police said.
“She’s fine,” Monahan said.
The names of the dead man, his mother, and the officers were not released. Monahan said the cops were in uniform and from the Jamaica-based 113th Precinct.
Monahan said a screwdriver “is a dangerous weapon,” like “any weapon that you can be struck with.”
“A screw driver you can be stabbed with, the same way you can be stabbed with a knife,” he said.
It was the fourth time in 2017 the NYPD has shot a person that the department said was armed with a gun, knife or tool.