Subway stabbing: A 14-year-old is fatally stabbed at a New York train station, authorities say

Officers responding to a 911 call found the boy on a train platform at a north Harlem subway station with a stab wound to the abdomen, police said in a statement. Preliminary investigations indicate « a fight or argument started on the street and continued in the train station where an altercation occurred, » said Jason Wilcox, the transit chief for the NYPD.

The teenager was taken to hospital, Wilcox said, where he was pronounced dead about half an hour later. Crime scene investigators recovered a knife and what appears to be a broom from the scene, he said.

MTA surveillance footage provided footage of people who were at the scene, and investigators released descriptions of possible suspects to responding officers. A man who matched part of the description and was bleeding from his back and abdomen was taken into custody, authorities said.

Police review video of the scene and speak to witnesses. No other suspects are wanted, said Wilcox, who urged those with information to come forward.

« At this time, we don’t believe this was a random attack, » Wilcox said. « The individuals involved are believed to know each other. »

Officials have placed greater emphasis on resident safety and the response of law enforcement in subways amid a rise in crime in the city, including a mass shooting at a subway station in Brooklyn in April.
The city has seen a nearly 38% increase in major crimes this year through July 3 compared to the same period in 2021, according to statistics released by the NYPD. Historically, these crime rates are even lower today than in past decades like the 1980s and 1990s.

Man shot dead after threatening authorities, police say

In an unrelated incident on Saturday, a man allegedly called police, identified himself and made threats against the governor, some elected officials and members of the NYPD, authorities said.

During the phone call, the man said he « blew the heads off the first police officers he saw, » according to NYPD patrol chief Jeffrey B. Maddrey. The man then made a second phone call to an NYPD precinct in Queens and repeated the same thing, Maddrey said.

Members of NYPD Precinct 113 in Queens dispatched uniformed officers and marked vehicles to respond to an area near « the address in question, » Maddrey said.

At home, a man came out and one of the officers called his name, Maddrey said. The man confirmed he was the caller and proceeded to insult the officers. He did not listen to their orders to remove his hands from his pockets, police said.

There was a brief verbal exchange before the man brandished a gun and pointed it at police, Maddrey said. The man fired several bullets and « at least six » officers fired back, he said.

Officers subdued the injured man and took life-saving action, taking him to hospital where he was pronounced dead, Maddrey said.

Several officers were also taken to hospital and treated for various injuries, including tinnitus and high blood pressure, Maddrey said. The scene is still under investigation.

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