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Police shoot, kill man holding knife on Staten Island; cop wounded, NYPD says

The officers were responding to a domestic dispute call, police said.

Police shot and killed a man holding a

Police shot and killed a man holding a knife, seen above, on Staten Island Sunday, the NYPD said. Photo Credit: NYPD

The police officer who was shot during a fatal standoff with a man brandishing a knife on Staten Island over the weekend was released from the hospital on Tuesday.

The officer, Amir Pali, was responding with his partner to a domestic dispute call at a home on Bridge Court, near Tompkins Avenue, in Shore Acres at about 9:45 p.m. on Sunday. They found an intoxicated man who said “shoot me” while holding a 14-inch knife, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at a news conference after the incident, which was caught on both the officers’ body cameras.

"He has a productive career ahead of him," Police Commissioner James O'Neill tweeted of Pali on Tuesday. "I thank Amir, & all #NYPD cops, for the courage they exhibit daily."

The man did not comply when the officers told him to drop the knife, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said.

One of the officers struck the man with a Taser, but “the Taser did not stop the threat” as the man “made a move towards them,” O’Neill said.

Both officers then fired “up to 10 to 12 shots,” fatally striking the man, Shea said. Pali was hit by the gunfire, he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Pali and his family on Monday, his spokesman Eric Phillips said.

De Blasio also spoke with the "great doctors and hospital personnel" caring for the officer, Phillips added.

O'Neill said the encounter unfolded in “very tight quarters.”

“It happened quickly,” he added.

Of the two officers, O'Neill said, the encounter was “a testament to how their training and focus is to de-escalate violence.”

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association labor union, said the incident “could have ended worse.”

“Here's a situation where the police officers acted calmly amongst that chaos,” he said.


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