Port Morris, Bronx- At approximately 4:10 AM today, officers from the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit were conducting a search warrant looking for narcotics and guns in a third-floor apartment located at 230 Brook Avenue.
Upon entering the apartment, two lead ESU members moved to the back bedroom where they encountered a man holding a “machete-like” 2-foot- long blade. Officers asked the man to drop the knife, but he did not comply and one officer fired a single round from his service weapon striking the man once in the chest.
NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan said that after the man was hit, officers immediately rendered aid and called for an ambulance. EMS transported him to Lincoln Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
An elderly man who was the only other person in the apartment was also taken to the hospital for observation. He was not injured.
In describing the layout of the apartment, Monahan stated that it was a “railroad type apartment.” At this time it is an active crime scene.
No police officers were injured during the incident.
A man police were looking for listed on the search warrant was not in the apartment but he was found outside and taken to the 40th Precinct for questioning.
Because the Emergency Service Unit has not yet outfitted its personnel with body cameras, police do not have any video of the shooting.
Police have not positively identified the man and they will release more about him as they continue to investigate.
A photo of the weapon the man was allegedly holding was provided by police and can be viewed below.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Reporting and story by Brendan Walsh. Photos and video provided by NYPD.