West Oak Lane man charges at police with scissors and baseball bat, gets shot

A 57-year-old man was shot three times when he allegedly charged at a pair of police officers called to his home in the 1900 block of Ashley St. to serve involuntary commitment papers on Sunday night.

Police Lt. John Stanford told NewsWorks on Tuesday that when the 14th District officers were let into the home by the man’s family, he rushed into a rear bedroom holding a pair of scissors.

After being ordered out of the room, he reportedly emerged with two pairs of scissors in one hand and a baseball bat in the other. Stanford said the man did not heed orders to drop the objects and continued approaching the officers.

“He continued to ignore [the orders] and came at them,” Stanford said.

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The man was then shot three times — the bullets struck him in the bicep, forearm and thigh — before falling. Stanford said the officers performed first aid before he was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center.

There is no word yet on what, if any, charges the man will face.

The officers have been placed on administrative duty pending a District Attorney’s Office review of the shooting.

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