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New York police shoot, kill man who stabbed person in synagogue

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York police shot and killed a
man armed with a knife early Tuesday after he stabbed a
rabbinical student from Israel in the head in a Brooklyn
synagogue, police and the synagogue said.
The man who was shot was black and the officer who did
the shooting is Hispanic, a spokesman for the New York
Police Department said. Several recent police killings of
unarmed African-American men, and grand jury decisions
not to indict the police officers involved, have triggered
racially tinged protests over police use of force.
Police went to the world headquarters of the Chabad-
Lubavitch movement about 1:40 a.m. EST (0640 GMT) and
found the 49-year-old suspect with the knife in hand, the
New York Police Department said in a statement.
“According to witnesses (the attacker) was heard saying
repeatedly, ‘Kill the Jews,'” Rabbi Motti Seligson of Chabad-
Lubavitch said in the statement.
When police officers confronted him, the man complied with
their demand to drop the knife but he picked it back up and
began moving toward them. The officer shot once, hitting
him in the torso. The man was taken to a hospital where he
was pronounced dead.
Chabad-Lubavitch identified the stabbing victim as Levi
Rosenblat, 22, who was studying in the synagogue when he
was attacked. He was stabbed in the left temple and was in
stable condition at the same hospital where his attacker
died, police said.
In a video of the confrontation, the attacker walks up to and
asks each of about a half dozen men dressed in Orthodox
Jewish clothing, “Want me to kill you?”
The officer demands the attacker drop the knife or he will
shoot and the men initially shout, “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!”
Police confirmed the video, which was posted to the New
York Post website, was legitimate.
The knife was recovered at the scene and the investigation
into the incident is continuing.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; Additional reporting by
Curtis Skinner in Oakland, California, and Fiona Ortiz in
Chicago; Editing by W Simon, Bill Trott and Eric Beech)

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