NEW YORK — Two Long Island police officers were stabbed to death after responding to a call at a condominium complex, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.
The incident happened on Wednesday at around 5pm when a social worker checked on two residents living along the Birchwood Road complex in Medford and said one resident was behaving violently towards the other.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison said the man, who has not yet been identified, was threatening another condo complex resident with a fire extinguisher.
Police said the man pulled a “Rambo-style” meat slicing knife at officers responding to the scene, then stabbed two officers at the scene shortly afterward. The officers then opened fire on the man, killing him.
Harrison said one of the officers suffered a deep laceration to his collarbone and was taken to the hospital. The second officer was stabbed multiple times in the chest.
Noel DeGralmo, president of the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association, said in a statement that both officers were in “serious but stable condition,” adding that “God willing, they will make a full recovery from the terrible incident.” Harrison said both are expected to survive.
The suspect, who Harrison said was in his 50s, had a history of arrests, as well as some possible mental health issues.
A third officer, who was not stabbed, had minor injuries. It was not clear how he got the injuries.
An investigation is underway.