A 46-year-old man swinging a knife was shot dead by police who responded to a dispute about a supermarket beer purchase — a wild confrontation in which a woman bystander was struck by a police bullet, authorities said.
The unhinged man entered a Hell’s Kitchen Food Emporium to buy beer, but got into a loud argument with a cashier before going on a rant, sources said.
The maniac tussled with a responding cop at 49th Street and Eighth Avenue before two other officers, including a sergeant, arrived.
The man ignored the sergeant’s orders, whipped out a knife and threatened the officers with it, NYPD Deputy Chief James O’Neill said.
The sergeant and the other cops opened fire, killing the man and injuring the woman, whose hand was grazed by a bullet, authorities said.
She was taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. A cop who was slashed in the wrist also was taken to Bellevue Hospital.
The sergeant was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital with chest pain, sources said.
The officers fired nine shots at the man, O’Neill said.
Police responded quickly to the scene because an officer had been stationed at a nearby Verizon protest.
A parking attendant who works nearby heard the gunfire.
“They cuffed him after they shot him. I guess they wanted to make sure he was dead,” the attendant said. “I heard five shots. I knew right away it was a gun. At first I thought it was the (Verizon) protesters.”
Another witness described the officer who apparently shot the suspect
“He was very emotional. He had his hands on his face. He was distraught. You could tell he was very shaken up,” the witness said.