Police shoot man with knife in midtown Manhattan

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(FOX 5 NY)

First responders have descended on the scene of a deadly police-involved shooting in midtown Manhattan.

Police shot and killed a knife-wielding man, according to Chief of Dept. James O'Neill.

The 46-year-old suspect went into a Food Emporium at about 8:20 a.m. to buy beer and became belligerent with the cashier.

A witness alerted a nearby police officer, who confronted the suspect.

A struggle ensued and both fell to the street.

The male suspect then took out an eight-inch knife. "The officers ordered the suspect to drop the knife, and he continued to approach them with a knife in his hand," O'Neill said. The suspect lunged at the officer with the knife before a sergeant and an officer fired 9 shots, O'Neill said.

The suspect -- identified as Garry Conrad Jr. -- was killed.

A female bystander and one of the police officers were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. on 8th Ave. between 49th St and 50th St. and just a few hundred feet from the Broadway theaters showing "Wicked" and "The Book of Mormon."

The area is usually teeming with tourists and people headed to work early in the day.

8th Avenue from 42nd Street to 49th Street is closed in Manhattan.