Man with knife shot in leg by police in Brooklyn

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An investigation is underway after a person was shot by police on New Lots Avenue in East New York, Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon. Lucy Yang has the story.

EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- An investigation is underway after a man was shot by police in Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm frightened. I'm frightened for my life," resident Elizabeth Trossi said.

The trail of violence began at 202 New Lots Ave, when a 30-year-old man allegedly assaulted a family member, perhaps his uncle.

Police said the suspect then went to 26 Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn, where they say he viscously beat a 58-year-old woman female mental health worker.

"She has some substantial injuries, contusions to the face. swelling into the face. Pretty bad," Chief Jeffrey Maddrey of the NYPD said.

Detectives believe he then fled back to his home.

Police with the 84th Precinct responded to the location and reached out to officers in the 75th Precinct.

When a lieutenant approached the 30-year-old sitting on the front steps at New Lots Avenue, the suspect got up and grabbed two knives.

One was a large machete and the other was a large butcher knife, police said. Authorities said he started to advance toward the lieutenant, who gave multiple commands to put the knife down.

"The suspect gets up and as he gets up, he grabs two knives. One was a machete rather large machete about 20 inches. The other one was a large butcher knife and he has a knife in each hand and he starts advancing on the lieutenant," Maddrey said.

The lieutenant discharged two rounds from his weapon, striking the suspect in the groin/thigh area. He is expected to survive.

"Mental health is an issue all over the city and we have to do our part to address this issue," volunteer chaplain Pastor Peter Jones said.

Officials say the suspect also threatened a neighbor with a machete before police arrived to the home.

A large knife, preliminarily described as a machete, was recovered at the scene.

The suspect is currently on parole for a federal crime.

Two police officers were taken to Jamaica Medical Center to be checked out for ringing in the ears.

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