Stephanie GiangJun 17, 2018, 12:38 pmJun 17, 2018, 12:38 pm

Knife-wielding man in Warwick killed by police

Officer who shot the suspect has been placed on administrative leave


WARWICK ­– An investigation is ongoing into an incident where a man on 24 Wheeler Avenue was shot and killed by police after authorities say he lunged at police officers with a knife. The suspect was pronounced dead at St. Anthony's Hospital. The police declined to identify the man or the resident he was allegedly having a dispute with.

"When they arrived the suspect was armed with a knife. The officers ordered him to drop his weapon and he would not comply,” Warwick Police Dept. Thomas Maslanka said.

Richard Williams, who works down the street said he’s concerned that the accident occurred but mentions it could happen anywhere.

"It's shocking yes, in a way, it's shocking it happened here in Warwick but the way the worlds going today it's really not shocking. It's unfortunate,” Richard Williams said.

Others who temporarily reside in the area said they were surprised by the news that happened in this town.

"Came here to sublet for a month and now that we've heard about this news it's really been very shocking to the both of us," New Jersey resident.

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler said he will handle the investigation himself.

"When there's a police involved shooting the involved agency will handle an administrative investigation into their rules and regulations. The New York state police will conduct the basic criminal investigation to determine the facts of what happened. We'll collect the evidence," Hoovler said.

Hoovler said it will take about 60 to 90 days to gather all the information for the investigation.

The officer who shot the man has not been named and has been placed on administrative leave.

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