Police shot a man who was allegedly wielding a kitchen knife on Wednesday after he refused to drop his weapon and wasn't subdued by pepper spray, authorities said.

According to an NYPD spokesperson, officers responded to a call of an assault around 7:15 p.m. in Hunts Point on Wednesday. When officers arrived at a building near Tiffany Street and Westchester Avenue, they found a woman with a bruised eye and forehead who told them that her boyfriend assaulted her. On canvass with the officers, the woman identified her assailant, 19-year-old Shamel Jones.

Jones ran into an apartment at 877 Intervale Avenue, followed by officers. Inside the apartment, officers allegedly saw Jones pull out a foot-long kitchen knife with a seven-inch blade, which they say he refused to put down after being ordered to do so.

The officers say they then attempted to pepper spray Jones, who resisted and continued to advance on them. One of the officers then shot Jones once in the lower back. Jones was taken to Lincoln Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and is in critical condition.

Troy Wilcox, a neighbor, told the Daily News that he "heard a shot and it sounded like firecrackers or something."

"You hear shots like that in this neighborhood a lot of times, so I really don't pay no mind," Wilcox said. And Jones, he said, is "a nice young man. This is unfortunate, though."

"I don't want this happening to anybody," he said. "He's not one of them troublemaker types."

On Saturday night, police announced that Jones was charged with assault, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal mischief.