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Knife-wielding gay man fatally shot by NYPD officer

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NEW YORK, USA (AP) — New York police yesterday fatally shot a man they say was attacking his domestic male partner with a butcher knife.

Chief of Department Terence Monahan said two officers responded to a 911 call at around 7 am from an apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

“The 911 caller said that his partner had him barricaded in the bathroom,” the chief said.

When police arrived, the caller was freed and told officers the other man was in the rear of the apartment. As they escorted the man toward the hallway, he was at first “calm and compliant”, Monahan said, then suddenly broke away, grabbed the large knife in the kitchen and started stabbing his male partner.

The chief said the officers responded, quickly firing a total of five shots.

The attacker was declared dead at Beekman Downtown Hospital.

The victim was hospitalised in stable condition and was being treated for slash and puncture wounds to his face and left shoulder.

Police did not immediately release the men’s names.

“Our preliminary investigation shows there is a history of domestic violence between these two individuals,” Monahan said. An order of protection had been issued earlier this week against the attacker.

The 6th floor apartment is located on Cherry Street off the FDR Drive.

It’s the third police shooting in New York City in 10 days.

Monahan said both officers were wearing body cameras that captured the shooting.

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