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NYPD officers fatally shoot man attacking with scissors

The incident was the fourth police-involved shooting in the city in a week

By Emily Ngo and John Valenti

NEW YORK — NYPD officers responding to the scene of a stabbing Sunday night in Brooklyn shot and killed a 39-year-old man who police said lunged at the officers with a pair of scissors.

The incident was the fourth police-involved shooting in the city in a week — and one of two that occurred Sunday.

(New York Police Department Image)
(New York Police Department Image)

The fatal shooting occurred inside a second-floor apartment on Clarkson Avenue and involved officers from the 70th Precinct, police said.

Both officers fired at the suspect, police said.

Police said the officers had responded to the scene at about 8:30 p.m. after a 911 call reporting a woman had been stabbed. The 38-year-old woman was discovered in the building lobby, a stab wound in her shoulder, police said.

After gaining entry to the second-floor apartment, police said the two officers were "confronted by" the 39-year-old man, who they said "lunged at them with a pair of scissors."

It was not clear how many shots were fired by police.

The NYPD said the suspect was struck in both the hand and the torso and died at the scene. The stabbing victim was transported to Kings County Hospital Center, where police said she was in stable condition.

Police said the two officers were treated at Maimonides Medical Center for tinnitus.

The scissors were recovered at the scene, police said.

The incident was the second of two shootings at occurred Sunday, police said. The other involved a 23-year-old man who was shot and wounded by an NYPD officer after he pointed a gun at police during a foot chase in East Harlem.

That suspect, identified as Michael Schultz, of 310 E. 102nd St., East Harlem, was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon — loaded firearm, and two counts of menacing a police officer.

The incident occurred at about 2 a.m. and involved officers responding to reports of a disturbance involving a man with a gun at the George Washington Houses, a New York City Housing Authority complex, when they found a group gathered there and questioned the man, police said.

The man, later identified as Schultz, then fled on foot and pointed a gun at them during the chase, police said.

Both officers fired at him, police said. It was not clear whether the suspect discharged his weapon. The suspect's .22 caliber RG revolver was recovered at the scene, police said.

Schultz was in critical but stable condition at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. His arraignment information was not immediately available.

The officers, who were not named by police, were treated at Mount Sinai St. Luke's hospital for ringing in their ears.

On Friday, four NYPD officers shot and killed Scott Kato, 45, of Mount Vernon, on the Upper East Side. Kato, who officials say raised his handgun at the police, was suspected of robbing a pharmacy of drugs and cash about 30 blocks away.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other police-involved shooting occurred May 11 in the Fordham section of the Bronx, a 23-year-old man was injured by an NYPD lieutenant. The suspect pointed his gun at the lieutenant, who in turn shot the man in the ankle.

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