An emotionally disturbed Bronx man who threatened a neighbor with a knife died after an NYPD police sergeant used a Taser on him, The New York Times reports.
Officials say police responded to a 911 call around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday about a man armed with a knife who was “acting violently” in a basement apartment. Three officers and a sergeant confronted the man, who threatened them with an intact glass bottle, police said. The sergeant then deployed a Taser twice, and the man was detained.
The 49-year-old man appeared to go into cardiac arrest while in custody, and police said officers administered CPR. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital around 7:20 p.m.
The man’s identity was not immediately released.
The NYPD’s Force Investigation Division is reviewing the case. New York State attorney general spokeswoman, Amy Spitalnick, said that members of the office’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit were sent to the scene to assess the incident for possible jurisdiction under a 2015 executive order.
The state attorney general’s office can act as a special prosecutor in the police shootings of unarmed people under an executive order by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
The incident was the second fatal shooting involving the police and an emotionally unstable person in the Bronx in just over two weeks. On Oct. 18, police fatally wounded 66-year-old Deborah Danner, who had schizophrenia.