Authorities say that at around 6:15 p.m., two officers were stopped at a traffic light at East 233rd Street and Barnes Avenue in the Wakefield section when they saw a fight in the street and people yelling for help. The officers got out of their car and saw a man with a large knife chasing a woman down the street
The officers identified themselves and demanded the man drop the knife. Officers say he turned around and charged the officers while still armed with the knife.
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The officers fired a total of five to six rounds and hit him. The man was taken to Montefiore Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He has not yet been identified.
Police officials said that numerous other knives were recovered from the scene and from the suspect at the hospital.
The officers involved were not reportedly injured.