VIDEO: Man With Knife Yells At Cops 'Shoot Me' - They Do

Police released bodycam video of NYPD officers shooting a knife-wielding man in the Bronx in January.

Bronx, NY – Police have released the bodycam footage from two New York Police Department (NYPD) officers who shot of a knife-wielding man in January (video below).

Police said that Michael Hansford, 52, tried to stab his landlord with a box cutter after he was served with an eviction notice on Jan. 29, the New York Post reported.

Another man pulled Hansford off his landlord, but he escaped.

Then Hansford chased his landlord down the street with a "military-style knife", according to WNBC.

Responding officers encountered the two men during that chase, and intervened.

NYPD released a video on Thursday that included footage from the bodycams of both officers who were involved in the shooting. The officers have been on the department for two and three years, respectively.

In the video, one officer tells Hansford to put his hands up several times.

Then both officers can be heard repeatedly yelling at Hansford to “Drop the Knife!”

Hansford can be heard repeatedly yelling “Shoot me! Just shoot me!”

Throughout the video, Hansford appeared to be attempting to approach the officers, as they worked to position themselves out of his path.

The video showed the officers opened fire when Hansford lunged at them, after about 15 seconds of ordering the man to drop the knife.

The man did not drop his knife, and continued to advance on officers until they shot him, the video showed.

Hansford was pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital, according to WPIX.

After the incident occurred, Hansford’s neighbors were quick to demand that NYPD produce the bodycam footage of the shooting.

Critics have said officers should have used less-lethal methods, such as a Taser, to disarm the obviously disturbed suspect.

“You can know that’s a guy that’s not mentally there,” neighbor Raphael Rodriguez told WNBC.

“They could have tased him, or brought him down like that. Or shot him in the leg,” Rodriguez said.

NYPD’s Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison was quick to defend the officers after the incident, and said at a press conference that “the officers were doing their duty,” according to WNBC.

Watch video of the officer-involved shooting below:

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korah3011
korah3011

I am sorry, but for someone who is threatening the lives of others, not just PD, hey, he asked for it. I am sorry. You should respect Police Officers. This is a great example for the sharp ones that like to dare officers and treat them disrespectfully. Call me crazy, but it is just common sense; though nowadays, not only is it not common, but there just isn't any...

PHX_EMTnLEO
PHX_EMTnLEO

Have these fools seen how ineffective a taser can be, unfortunately they aren’t effective 100% of the time and “why didn’t they shoot him in the leg”? If any of these fools have ever shot a gun and tried to hit a moving target in the leg it’s an extremely difficult shot as well as it doesn’t mean the suspect won’t continue to advance towards the officers in an aggressive/deadly manner. This shooting was completely justified and as others have stated the officers showed great restraint and could/should have used deadly force sooner.

shooter
shooter

Junk those BWCs, NYPD...issue some half-decent low-light units. Sheesh!

b1rd
b1rd

Show us the body cam footage! Oops. Use less lethal means!

lcart000
lcart000

Absolutely ReserveDepty3431!!! Job one is go home. These guys actually had justification way sooner than they fired. Taze, shoot in leg, why not non-lethal??? Give me a break. If you want trick shots call Matt Dillon.