When the tourists and shoppers thronging Times Square on Saturday afternoon first saw the police officers, guns drawn, confronting a knife-wielding man, many thought they had stumbled onto a movie set.
As the man fled, weaving through crowds and darting between cars, he threatened bystanders, witnesses said. The police gave chase, eventually cornering him near 37th Street and Seventh Avenue and killing him in a fusillade of bullets after, police officials said, he ignored orders to drop his weapon and lunged at officers.
Paul J. Browne, the chief police spokesman, said officers used pepper spray six times to try to halt the man, who repeatedly threatened officers with a kitchen knife with a six-inch blade.
“He continued to advance on uniformed officers, refusing officers’ repeated commands to drop his weapon,” Mr. Browne said. “Two officers discharged their weapons at close quarters on Seventh Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets.”
The police did not immediately identify the 51-year-old man, who was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital Center.
“He was swinging at people as he ran,” said Jobby Nogver, 17, visiting from Boston. Mr. Nogver watched as about a dozen police officers finally surrounded the man and shots were fired. “I can’t tell you how many shots,” he said. “It was a lot.”
Wanna see some idiotic NY Slimes reader’s comments?
Was shooting the guy in the leg an option? Why did they have to kill him? I am not justifying the behavior of this perturbed person but having to kill somebody because of this seems a very extreme measure.
- Debbie Carter
A senseless crime by NYPD.
So one is allowed to use tranquilizer darts with animals, but our only option is to kill humans?
If marijuana smoking were legal, no one whold have died.
shooting? just throw a fish net on the guy or shoot him in the legs.
- The UK does it better
- Bruno Chalifour
This is sick and seems to cast a clear light on tis culture and how badly trained and “armed” NYPD (and others seem to be). Human life is less valuable than animals that are sedated when dangerous.
The easier solution would have been to shoot him in the leg, foot, definitely knee and deprive him of locomotion in order to control him (he only had a knife in front of (supposedly) trained gunS). Or were the officers or their superiors (who must have given orders) fearing a law-suit if the guy had been incapacitated.
This is just SICK!
Isn’t there someone out there bright enough to invent a light metal net which could be aimed at a target and quickly catch it? A net which you couldn’t slash your way out of? Or could police learn to use a lasso?
But they also have an obligation to protect the citizenry from themselves. This is where they always fall down.