Police Fatally Shoot Suspect in Queens Stabbing of 8-Year-Old Boy

A police officer shot and killed a man who reportedly stabbed an 8-year-old boy to death in Queens on Thursday, according to the New York City Police Department.

The stabbing appears to have started from a family argument, though the exact details are still unclear. Police mentioned that the 20-year-old suspect and the 8-year-old boy might be brothers or step-brothers. Names have not been released yet.

The incident took place inside an apartment building on 94th Avenue in Jamaica around 5:20 p.m. A 29-year-old woman, who had been stabbed in the back, managed to leave the building and ran to MTA Police for help. At the same time, the building’s security desk called 911.

Officers arrived within three minutes and went to a fifth-floor apartment after speaking with a witness, police said.

Upon entering the apartment, officers found the suspect holding his 43-year-old father at knifepoint.

“What they encountered was our suspect holding his father in a headlock with a knife to his throat,” said NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell.

The suspect reportedly ignored orders to drop the knife, and an officer fired one shot, hitting the suspect. Officers provided immediate aid, and the suspect was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Police reported that an 8-month-old baby was also in the apartment during the incident but was unharmed.

“This is a reminder of the challenges faced by New York City police officers, the quick decisions they must make, and how those decisions tonight saved two lives,” Chell stated.

The shooting was recorded by police body cameras.

The 29-year-old woman and the 43-year-old man were both hospitalized for their injuries but are expected to recover.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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