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Police shoot, kill man in the Bronx, NYPD says

The NYPD released a photo on Monday night,

The NYPD released a photo on Monday night, Jan. 29, 2018, of a knife recovered at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the Bronx that left a 52-year-old man dead, officials said. Photo Credit: NYPD

A 52-year-old man who was chasing his landlord with a knife in the Bronx Monday night was shot and killed by police when he refused to drop the weapon, the NYPD said. 

Two officers responded to a call about the tenant-landlord dispute at Prospect Avenue and 181st Street around 7:40 p.m., police said.

“The officers encountered the male subject armed with a combat-type knife chasing another male,” Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said during a news conference near the scene. “The officers confronted the subject and repeatedly directed him to drop the knife.”

But the armed man, later identified as Michael Hansford, did not obey orders, police said.

“The subject then turned toward the officers, with the knife in hand,” Harrison said, “and the two officers discharged their firearms.”

Hansford was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. 

Harrison said the confrontation was caught on officers’ body cameras.

A military knife was recovered. No other suspects are being sought, police said.

The NYPD is investigating the circumstances of the shooting.

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