Police fatally shoot man in Queens they say charged at officers with a knife

Police said they shot and killed a man who charged at officers with a knife after a dispute at a party in Queens Friday night.

NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey told reporters that just before 7 p.m. Thursday, police were called to an apparent assault on 62nd Avenue in the Forest Hills section of Queens, where a family party with children was underway.

A woman emerged bleeding from her stomach when the three uniformed officers and a sergeant arrived. A man behind her was holding a knife and lunged toward the police, Maddrey said.

“As soon as they walk out of the staircase, a male is charging at them with a knife,” he said. “They give commands to drop [the knife], the male didn’t stop. The sergeant tried to use his taser but the two other officers, they used their weapons.”

Police did not release the name of the dead man, but said he was 46 years old. Police shot him four times and he was taken to a hospital where he ultimately “succumbed to his injuries,” Maddrey said.

The woman is alive and is being treated for two stab wounds to her torso. Police said Saturday she’s in critical condition.

NYPD officials said it’s yet unclear how the dispute arose.

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