Cops fatally shoot knife-wielding man in Newburgh

Police say 22-year-old Michael Lembhard ran when they approached him and then rushed at them with a knife Wednesday night.

March 8, 2012 3:14:19 PM PST
Police officers in Orange County shot and killed a suspect who they say came at them with a knife.

The shooting happened in Newburgh around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers initially tried to stop 22-year-old Michael Lembhard for an outstanding warrant that his family said was for missing a court date. Police reportedly spotted him on Liberty Street, but he took off when they approached him.

After they followed him into an apartment building at 55 Liberty Street, police say he charged at them with a knife in his hand. That's when four officers reportedly opened fire and killed Lembhard.

The officers were not hurt and are on paid leave while the incident is investigated.

Lembhard's family said police broke down the door without a warrant, that Lembhard only had a small pocketknife and that at least nine shots were fired.

Lembhard was a father of two, and the family claims officers pointed a gun at the head of one of the children. Police are not commenting on that part of the story.

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