Man, 19, facing “mental crisis” shot dead by cops inside NYC apartment after charging at them with scissors: NYPD

A 19-year-old man experiencing a “mental crisis” was shot dead by NYPD cops when he charged at them with a pair of scissors inside a Queens apartment on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Officers fired at the man on the second floor of an Ozone Park apartment at 101-12 103rd Street around 1:40 p.m. after they initially used Tasers in an attempt to subdue him, NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell said during a press conference.

The cops arrived at the scene about two minutes after receiving a 911 call, Chell said.

The police chief said the teenager called 911, though law enforcement sources reported the mother told dispatch, “I think my son is on drugs and is acting erratic.”

Chell said the teen was going through a “mental crisis,” and that the situation between cops and the man became “quite hectic, chaotic and dangerous right away.”

Police responded to a report of an emotionally disturbed person on 103rd Street in the Ozone Park section of Queens. Citizen
Police responded to a report of an emotionally disturbed person on 103rd Street in the Ozone Park section of Queens. Citizen

When police tried to take the 19-year-old into custody to get him help, he grabbed a pair of scissors from a drawer and rushed at the officers, Chell said.

The officers effectively used their Tasers, Chell said, “but a mother, being a mother, came to the aid of her son to help him, and by doing so, she accidently knocked the Tasers out of his body.”

“At this point, the male picked up the scissors again, came at our officers who had no choice but to defend themselves, discharging their firearms,” Chell said, noting body cam footage would back up the officers

The man was taken to a local hospital where he died.

The NYPD released a photo of the scissors following the press conference.

“This is a tragic incident for the young man, his family and our cops, who are also human beings,” Chell said. “They come here to help, to get this person help. And they never want to use any kind of force in these situations.”

The fatal shooting comes two days after officer Jonathan Diller was tragically shot and killed by a suspect when he attempted to remove him from a car parked in front of a Queens bus stop.

Guy Rivera, 34, who was a passenger in that car, is accused of pulling the trigger and is expected to be charged in the case.

He is currently hospitalized after Diller’s partner returned gunfire and wounded the career criminal. The driver of the car, Lindy Jones, was charged on Wednesday with criminal possession of a weapon.

“Look, as our city mourns for Officer Diller, as we recover from this heinous act of violence against him, our cops still have to be out here 24-7 defending the community and helping the community, and they tried to do it today with a person in mental distress,” Chell said.

Additional reporting by Tina Moore