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Officers shoot, wound man armed with knife in Astoria

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Police officers shot a man armed with a knife in Astoria last Thursday after he was repeatedly told to drop his weapon, police said.

The man, whose name and age were not released, was taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center and listed in stable condition, police said.

The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. at 205 Shore Blvd. in Astoria after two officers responded to a phone call about a man armed with a large knife, police said. The officers repeatedly told the man to drop the knife and one officer sprayed the suspect with oleoresin capsicum, a chemical compound that irritates the eyes, police said.

But the man continued to ignore orders to drop his weapon, police said. The armed man moved toward the officers and one of them fired one round into his torso, police said.

Police said they recovered the knife, which had a seven-inch blade and a four-inch handle. Police said the investigation was ongoing.

Posted 6:39 pm, October 10, 2011
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