Albany Police: Man with knife shot, injured by police; Man refused to drop knife, rushed officers, police say

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ALBANY – An Albany Police officer shot and wounded a man who rushed at officers with a knife early Monday, police said.

The man refused commands to drop the knife, then “sprinted aggressively towards the officers with the knife still in his hand” and the the officer fired, striking the suspect in the torso, police said in a release.

Officers immediately gave the man aid and flagged down an ambulance and the man was taken on to Albany Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition later Monday morning, police said.

The incident began at around 12:50 a.m. near New Scotland Avenue, police said. Police received a 911 call from someone at a home on the 100 block of Morris Street, between New Scotland Avenue and Knox Street for an apparent home invasion involving a firearm, police said.

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Officers soon arrived and spotted a man standing in a parking lot near the corner of New Scotland and Dana avenues and stopped him as part of the investigation, police said.

As officers approached, they saw the man was holding a knife in his hand and also had a dog, police said.

As officers interacted with the man, he refused to drop the knife, then rushed at the officers with it and the officer fired, police said.

One of the three officers at the scene suffered a dog bite to the arm. The other two were uninjured. All three were taken to Albany Medical Center, per department protocols, police said.

The department has been in contact with the Albany County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

The incident remained under investigation later Monday morning. A release gave no further information on the original home invasion call.

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