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Police fatally shoot man who stabbed four to death in New York

The suspect also stabbed two police officers who responded to the scene
An officer from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) stands in Times Square after it was announced that members of its force who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be required to wear masks on duty in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Acquire Licensing Rights
An officer from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) stands in Times Square after it was announced that members of its force who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be required to wear masks on duty in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., August 19, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Acquire Licensing Rights

A man wielding a steak knife killed four members of his extended family, including two children, at a home in the Queens borough of New York City early on Sunday before being shot dead by police, authorities said.

The New York City Police Department said a girl called to report the incident in Queens’ Far Rockaway neighborhood and said “her cousin is killing her family members”.

The suspect, a 38-year-old, stabbed two police officers who responded to the scene, police told reporters. One of the officers then shot him dead, they added.

The suspect had previously been arrested over a domestic violence incident, police said. The two injured officers were taken to a hospital and were expected to recover.

The four people stabbed to death included a 12-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl, a 44-year-old woman and a man in his 30s, police said. The 11-year-old was found in front of the house, while the other three were found inside bedrooms, police added.

A fifth person, a 61-year-old woman, was also stabbed and was in hospital in critical condition, police said.

The suspect set fire to a couch in the home’s living room, forcing officers to wait for the arrival of the fire department before entering the home, police said.

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