New York police shoot, kill man who stabbed person in synagogue

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Posted: Dec 09, 2014 7:17 AM

(Reuters) - New York police shot and killed a man on early Tuesday who had stabbed a person in the head inside of a Brooklyn synagogue, police said.

Police responded to the scene around 1:40 a.m. ET and found the 49-year-old suspect with knife in hand, the New York Police Department said in a statement, giving the address as 770 Eastern Parkway, the world headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

Officers demanded that he drop the knife, which he did, before picking it back up and moving toward the officers. An officer shot once, hitting the man in his torso and fatally wounding him.

The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The victim, a 22-year-old male who was stabbed in the left temple, was in stable condition at the same hospital, police said.

The knife was recovered at the scene and the investigation into the incident is ongoing. None of the officers were injured during the incident, police said.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in Oakland, California Editing by W Simon)