A man was gunned down by officers in Crown Heights after charging two officers with a knife Monday morning, police said.
The incident took place at around 4:10 a.m. when officers responded to a call about a man with a knife and a gun to 1090 Eastern Parkway, police said at a conference call. hurry. Response officers found the man with a knife in one hand and the other in his coat pocket.
Officers issued several warnings to drop the knife and show his hands. The suspect walked down Eastern Parkway and entered the Utica Avenue subway station, where two police officers deployed their stun guns, which had no effect, police said.
The suspect then ran into the street, still armed with a knife, and accused two different officers who asked him to drop his gun, authorities said.
When he charged, police said the two officers fired around 10 bullets at the suspect. They then rescued the suspect, who was transported to Kings County Hospital by emergency medics and pronounced dead.
During Monday morning’s press conference, NYPD Brooklyn South Deputy Chief Michael Kemper said non-lethal force had been attempted repeatedly through verbal orders and the use of stun guns before the suspect does charge the officers.
At this point, Kemper says it’s possible the Taser could not have penetrated the suspect’s jacket, which led to his failure. Investigators say they are investigating the possibility that it was police suicide.
The suspect has not yet been identified. The police are trying to identify him using his fingerprints.