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Retired cop shoots machete-wielding man in Staten Island road-rage spat: sources

A retired NYPD cop shot and wounded a man who threatened him with a machete during a broad-daylight road rage incident on Staten Island Wednesday, law enforcement sources said.

A 45-year-old, blade-wielding man confronted the 50-year-old former officer just before 9:30 a.m. at Vineland Avenue near Grantwood Avenue in Annadale following a traffic collision, authorities and sources said.

In response, the ex-officer pulled out a gun and shot the man in the chest on the tree-lined, residential block, cops said.

The violent confrontation began when a 45-year-old man whipped out a machete, cops said. Courtesy Owen Reiter/Staten Island Advance
The violent confrontation began when a 45-year-old man whipped out a machete, cops said. Courtesy Owen Reiter/Staten Island Advance
The retired cop opened fire, striking the machete-wielding man in the chest. Aristide Economopoulos
The retired cop opened fire, striking the machete-wielding man in the chest. Aristide Economopoulos
The shooter remained at the scene after the broad-daylight chaos. Aristide Economopoulos
The shooter remained at the scene after the broad-daylight chaos. Aristide Economopoulos

The wounded man was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

The shooter stayed at the scene, and no one was immediately charged.

The investigation was ongoing by the early afternoon, cops said.