Police Shoot Suspect at Riis Houses Overnight; Officers Say He Brandished a Knife
A man with a knife was shot late last night by police at the Jacob Riis Houses on FDR Drive.
According to the Daily News, the incident happened inside a 7th floor hallway of the public housing complex, located near East 6th Street. When officers from PSA 4 (public housing police) arrived on the scene at about 12:30 a.m., they found a 25-year-old man, described as emotionally disturbed, wielding the knife.
Cops said he refused to drop it. An officer fired at the suspect and a bullet struck him in the chest, going through the man’s body. He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital. Doctors expect the man to survive.
Police have not released the man’s name. Channel 7 reported that he lives with his grandmother in an apartment on the 7th floor of the building at 765 FDR Drive. According to Channel 11, the suspect has at least 12 earlier arrests. “A witness doubted the police report of the man showing off the knife,” reported the television station, “saying cops are ‘lying.'”