Police Shoot And Kill Ax-Wielding Man In The Bronx
December 17, 2006
Just hours after a massive rally denouncing the police shooting of Sean Bell, police shot and killed an ax wielding man in the Bronx yesterday.
Police responded to 911 calls just before 6 p.m. about an elderly man threatening his family with an ax. When they arrived at the man's sixth floor apartment at the Brady Court Co-Ops in Pelham Parkway, police say the 62-year-old man barricaded himself in the apartment
Officers broke down the door, and police say the man escaped to the fire escape. When officers confronted him there, investigators say the man refused to drop the ax and one officer fired two shots at the man hitting him in the stomach. He was rushed to Jacobi Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"He must have went crazy today because they he barricaded himself in his apartment, and he apparently had an ax or a knife with him. They didn't know if he was by himself or if he was going to hurt himself or anything like that," said a neighbor.
"He was just an odd person, but a nice guy. I never saw him bother him anybody or doing anything to anybody," added another.
Saturday's incident came just three days after police shot and killed 19-year-old Timur Person after police say he pulled a gun inside a building on Walton Avenue in the Concourse section of the Bronx.
The latest shooting is the 6th involving police in the past three weeks.