NYPD: Cop shot knife-wielding man in Bushwick

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A cop shot and wounded a man who officers say approached them with a kitchen knife on Wednesday night in Bushwick.

Police said they responded to a domestic violence call on Hancock Street between Wilson and Central avenues at 8:07 pm. When they arrived, the 26-year-old suspect was wielding a 12-inch blade, they said. The two officers commanded him to drop the knife, but he came towards them, they said.

The cops drew their guns and one blasted the guy in the torso, according to a report.

Responders transported the man to Kings County Hospital Center in stable condition, and the two officers were treated for tinnitus and released, law enforcement officials said.

An NYPD rep said an investigation is ongoing. The department has charged the suspect with assault, menacing, and weapon possession.

The shooting comes as police citywide have dramatically curtailed enforcement of minor crimes citywide in an apparent work slowdown.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated to reflect that the man who police shot has been charged.
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JaniceD from Marine Park says:
invariably, it is a "kitchen knife" such as can be had in any hardware /99cent store. Not the "illegal" pocket knives, usually folders, that people formerly, routinely carried to open mail, boxes, cut sandwiches, trim rugs, etc. that get so much inappropriate hassle from the DA. Wish they kept stats on the type of knife used in these crimes.
Jan. 9, 2015, 3:04 pm
ty from pps says:
So.... Did the NYPD stop carrying nightsticks and batons? Why is the firing of a gun such a common occurrence?!! Just because you have a dump truck, a wheelbarrow may still be the better tool.

And they wonder why there are protests. Yes, bad guy with knife = disarm and restrain. It doesn't mean shoot.

I'm assuming this incident will also be accompanied by an investigation about the use of a firearm?
Jan. 12, 2015, 11:16 am
NYC Parent from Prospect Lefferts says:
ty and like minded people: Are you nuts? Domestic violence means this took place in a home i.e. in very close quarters. If a guy is actually holding a knife and is commanded to drop the knife doesn't, how long does it take for him to attack an officer with it (or other members of the household there). We don't expect (or want) police to get in a "fair fight" with someone weilding a weapon and trying to kill them or someone else (which can only be presumed by not dropping the knife). It takea only a few seconds to close distance with a knife and even if shot a person can still stab you and kill you.
The only "pattern" here is people looking for any excuse for criminals who want to attack the police without consequence.
Jan. 12, 2015, 4:19 pm

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