Stabbing investigation takes a deadly turn

October 7, 2009 9:14:36 PM PDT
What began as a stabbing investigation ended with police gunfire and an unexpected murder victim. Police say the suspect's weapon was a ceremonial dagger with a blade 6 inches long.

When officers arrived at 162 West 144th Street on Wednesday night, they encountered a man in his 20s standing on the stairs, waving the knife at them.

More than once, police say, they told him to drop the knife. When he didn't, one officer opened fire. The suspect, hit by multiple bullets, still tried to come at police with the knife, investigators said. They kicked it away and the suspect died on the stairs.

"We heard shots. A lot of shots. We ran out because we didn't know what was happening," Tyra Bailey said.

The fight started in apartment 4B, where police say the suspect was trying to kick out his mother's boyfriend.

When the man in his 50s wouldn't move fast enough, the young man allegedly stabbed him in the hand and chest.

After the suspect was shot, police found a second victim in apartment 4C -- a young man found dead on the floor, and a 2-year-old boy believed to be his son in a room nearby. Police think the man may have tried to intervene in the dispute and was stabbed and killed.

The child was reunited with his mother.

The surviving stabbing victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

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