By Rocco Parascandola
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — A knife-wielding Bronx man who was
fatally shot by cops last month spent his final frantic seconds
advancing on two NYPD officers, according to body-cam video the
department showed to reporters Thursday.
The footage was recorded during a Jan. 29 nighttime encounter at Prospect Ave. and E. 181st St. in Belmont.
street was too dark to allow for a clear view of the suspect, Michael
Hansford, 52, as he chased his landlord around a parked car, at which
point police show up.
But officers from the 48th Precinct are
heard telling Hansford 22 times to drop the “Rambo-style knife” he was
brandishing, said Insp. Kevin Maloney, who heads the NYPD’s Force
Although the audio is hard to make out,
the video shows that the suspect — who earlier had tried to stab his
landlord with a smaller knife in an argument over unpaid rent — told
cops to shoot him eight times during the encounter, police said.
Police stopped short of characterizing the incident as suicide by cop.
The guy is saying, ‘Shoot me! Shoot me!’” said Deputy
Commissioner Stephen Davis, the NYPD’s top spokesman. “(But) I can’t get
into the guy’s mind.”
As city policy demands, the Bronx District Attorney’ office is investigating the shooting, as is the NYPD.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill two days after the shooting said he
had viewed the video and believes the cops acted appropriately.
One officer, who joined the NYPD 3 1/2 years ago, fired four times. His partner, a two-year veteran, fired twice.
The NYPD has now released footage from all four police shootings that have been captured on bodycameras since September.
O’Neill has promised to release all such videos — regardless of whether it makes police look good or bad.
By year’s end about 17,000 cops, most of the patrol force, are expected to be equipped with cameras.
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