Remarks as Prepared for Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan Regarding the 48th Precinct Police Involved Shooting:
This briefing is preliminary, as the investigation is only a couple of hours old.
Uniformed officers from the 48 Precinct responded to a radio-run of an assault-in-progress (person stabbed) at 1974 Hughes Avenue. Upon arrival, the officers encountered a man inside the lobby of the location armed with a knife. The officers proceeded to give verbal commands to drop the knife. The officers repeated these commands more than 20 times. The armed man did not comply, and instead stepped toward the officers with the knife displayed in his right hand. At that point, both officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect multiple times. The suspect was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he expired.
Upon reviewing the security camera footage from the lobby of 1974 Hughes Avenue, we determined the suspect our officers encountered had stabbed two female security guards at the location prior to the officers arrival. One female sustained a knife wound to her left arm, the other to her chest and arm. They were both transported to Saint Barnabas Hospital, where they are listed in serious condition.
Both officers involved in this incident were wearing body-worn cameras. This footage will be reviewed and included as part of the ongoing investigation.