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Witness films deadly NYPD shooting

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, August 11, 2012 20:55 EDT
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New York City police officers shot and killed a man they say was threatening them with a knife Saturday, as a witness caught the last few seconds of the chase.

The video, posted by WNBC-TV Saturday afternoon, was shot by a witness following the foot chase between officers and the unidentified man along 7th Avenue from across the street. About 17 seconds into the clip, about 10 gunshots can be heard.

“I was standing at the corner of 42nd Street and saw this guy running in middle of street, police chasing him,” one resident said. “He had a machete type knife. He didn’t want to stop. Police told him to drop the knife. He didn’t. They shot him.”

Authorities say they saw the man, who was not carrying a wallet, smoking marijuana before approaching him. He subsequently became belligerent and threatened them.

One witness told The New York Post that police began chasing the victim, an African-American, after trying to flash them after coming out of a nearby subway tunnel. He had already flashed two other people, the witness said.

The Post reported that the man did not go down after being pepper-sprayed before being shot. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital while suffering cardiac arrest, where he died.

The video, posted by WNBC on Saturday, can be seen below:

View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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