Original post: A dispute turned fatal after a suspect slashed a police officer, causing police to open fire killing the man, according to reports.
The incident took place just across from Asser-Levy Park, where children were playing, on Sea Breeze Avenue and West 1st Street at around 1:30pm today.
The Daily News reports that the suspect, described as a man in his 50s, was involved in a domestic dispute with a woman. When the suspect began assaulting her, the officer intervened, and the suspect lunged at him with the knife. CBS News reports that the suspect slashed the officer twice: once in the shoulder and once in the neck. The officer fired two shots, killing the suspect.
The Belt Parkway was shut down to aid in quickly transporting the officer to Lutheran Medical Center. He is expected to survive.
UPDATE 5:25pm: The NYPD has released the followed statement by Police Commissioner Bratton:
At approximately 1:15pm this afternoon a uniformed police officer assigned to a transit foot post near West First Street in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn was stabbed in the neck by a 58 year old male suspect who was subsequently shot by the officer. The male suspect was later pronounced deceased at the scene.
The police officer, who is assigned to Transit District 34 in Brooklyn, was standing on the elevated subway platform at the Ocean Parkway station on the Q line when he heard a commotion coming from the street level. When he descended to the street the police officer encountered a 58 year old white male who had just assaulted a 78 year old white female.
While attempting to apprehend the male suspect, the officer was assaulted with an eleven inch hunting knife, sustaining a wound to his neck. The officer fired two rounds striking the suspect in the torso.
The injured police officer was transported to Lutheran Medical Center where he is currently being treated and is listed in stable condition. The male suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is pending family notification. The knife was recovered at the scene.
The preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect had been involved in an altercation in a nearby store and assaulted the female after she attempted to intervene. The details of this prior encounter are still being investigated. It appears at this time that there was no known connection between the deceased suspect and the 78 year old female victim.
The police officer, Fillippo Gugliara, was appointed to the department in January of 2013. He is 24 years old and is not married. Members of his family are here at the hospital with him. The Mayor and I just met with them.
I want to thank the staff here at the NYU Lutheran Medical Center for their outstanding care.
UPDATE (June 19 at 10am): Council members Chaim Deutsch, Mark Treyger and Jumaane WIlliams issued the following joint statement.
“Our prayers for a speedy recovery go out to NYPD Transit Officer Fillippo Gugliara, who was stabbed near a Brighton Beach subway station earlier today. We are grateful that reports indicate the officer did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
“As the hot summer months approach, we must do more to ensure the safety and security of all New Yorkers, including the officers charged to protect us. Our men and women in blue put themselves in harm’s way to protect others and ensure the safety of their fellow New Yorkers. We commend Police Officer Gugliara for his bravery in the line of duty and wish him a full recovery.”
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