Man shot, injured by officers in the Bronx told police he had coronavirus, wanted to die: NYPD

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April 01, 2020 - 1:56 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A man who the NYPD shot and injured in the Bronx on Wednesday morning later told police that he wanted officers to kill him after he tested positive for the coronavirus.

“He said he was looking to commit suicide by police officer,” Chief Terence Monahan told NY1. “He said he had been tested for COVID last night, and that he was positive, and that he was overweight and diabetic and thought he was going to die anyway. So he wanted the police officers to take his life.”

Monahan said the NYPD couldn’t confirm that the 55-year-old man had coronavirus.

The man was shot around 4 a.m. near Zerega Avenue and Westchester avenues in the Westchester Square section, police said.

He was allegedly wielding a knife and what appeared to be a firearm—reportedly a BB gun—at officers at the time, according to police.

The NYPD said the man refused to drop the weapons and was shot in the torso by two officers.

He was taken to Jacobi Hospital in stable condition. The two officers were taken to Westchester Square Hospital, where they were treated and released.

Charges against the man were pending. Police released photos of a knife and firearm recovered from the scene.

If you or someone you care about is struggling, please know you are not alone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255.

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