NYPD cops shoot Staten Island man who allegedly lunged at officers with pipe
A man was hospitalized after being shot by police in Staten Island on Friday night, law-enforcement sources said.
A cop opened fire when the man lunged at officers with a pipe, according to the sources.
The shooting took place at around 11 p.m. on Malden Place near Falcon Avenue, the NYPD said.
The man, who is in his 40s, was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, police said. He was expected to survive.
Officers were responding to a call about an emotionally disturbed person when they encountered the man swinging a pipe, the sources said.
The man refused to drop the pipe, and lunged at the officers, according to the sources.
One cop fired, hitting the man in the arm and the stomach, the sources said.
No officers were hurt in the incident.
A neighbor named Sharon, who declined to give her last name, told The Post that the man threatened her earlier on Friday.
She said she was heading home when the man, who was sitting on his stoop, shouted “Don’t play with me” as she crossed the street.
“Then he goes ‘I want it back, I know you took it. If you don’t give it back to me, you’re going to see what’s going to happen,’” Sharon said.
When she asked if he was threatening her, Sharon said the man “got in my face and said ‘Yes, I’m threatening you.’”
Later, Sharon said she saw the man walking up and down the block screaming, which is when she called the cops to report that her neighbor was acting “weird.”
“When the cops came, I heard banging and then shots fired.” She said she heard three or four shots but “it might have been more.”
She said cops have responded to previous calls involving this resident over the last two years, and that incidents like this are rare in her typically quiet Oakwood neighborhood.
“I’m here 16 years and this is ridiculous,” she said. “This is a very safe neighborhood.”