NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill mentioned Tuesday that the 2 officers who fatally shot a knife-wielding Bronx man acted appropriately.
The division’s high cop mentioned he reviewed 14 seconds of physique digicam footage of the lethal encounter and believed the police response was by the books.
“I’m glad and I’m glad that the cops walked away from that safely,” O’Neill mentioned. “It was a violent encounter.”
The 2 uniformed officers, from the 48th Precinct, responded to a 911 name of a stabbing at East 181st St. and Prospect Ave. at 7:40 p.m. Monday.
They confronted Michael Hansford, who was wielding a fight knife and chasing his landlord down a avenue exterior his Belmont residence, police mentioned.
Earlier than they opened hearth, the cops repeatedly ordered Hansford, 52, to drop his weapon. They shot him when he turned towards them, based on NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison.
The officers “engaged the person, requested him a number of occasions to drop the knife, at which period he lunged on the officers and officers discharged their firearms at him,” Harrison mentioned Tuesday.
Each officers have been sporting physique cameras throughout the incident.
Hansford was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless.
Police mentioned the owner suffered a minimize on shoulder.