NYPD police officers shot and Tased a man who allegedly lunged at them with a knife during a domestic incident call in Maspeth Friday night, after two similar calls to the same home, including one that happened hours before the shooting.
Around 6:20 p.m. a resident of a 64th Street home near 55th Avenue called police to report a 41-year-old male relative was “hallucinating and destroying the basement,” NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said at a press conference outside the scene Friday night.
Police from the 104th Precinct responded to the home and entered the basement, talking to the man for ten minutes to try to convince him to go to a hospital for treatment, Monahan said.
“He abruptly pulled out a large knife and yelled, ‘I'm not going back to the hospital.’ Armed with a knife, the male then lunged towards an officer standing on the staircase,” Monahan said. One officer shot him twice, while another officer simultaneously tased him. The man was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
The man's name has not been released. Police had no updates on his condition Saturday. The two officers were also taken to a local hospital for observation, Monahan said.
Officers had previously responded to two other similar 911 calls at the same address this week, Monahan said. The first call came Wednesday to report that the man was having hallucinations.
Another 911 call came around 10:50 a.m. Friday morning, with different police officers from the 104th Precinct answering a call reporting the man was using crystal meth and said he was contemplating suicide. He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance without incident, released from the hospital in the afternoon, Monahan said, and returned home to the same location.
When the police returned for the Friday night incident, the 104th Precinct officer who ended up shooting the man recognized him from the previous calls, Monahan said.
The man said he was searching the basement for someone who was in there looking for him, Monahan added.
The body cameras on the officers who shot and tased the man were activated and will be reviewed, Monahan said.
NYPD did not immediately respond to a request Saturday for number of police-involved shootings in 2021 and 2020.