(Reuters) – New York police shot and killed a man armed with a knife early Tuesday after he stabbed a rabbinical student from Israel in the head in a Brooklyn synagogue, police and the synagogue said.
The man who was shot was black and the officer who did the shooting is Hispanic, a spokesman for the New York Police Department said. Several recent police killings of unarmed African-American men, and grand jury decisions not to indict the police officers involved, have triggered racially tinged protests over police use of force.
Police went to the world headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement about 1:40 a.m. EST (0640 GMT) and found the 49-year-old suspect with the knife in hand, the New York Police Department said in a statement.
“According to witnesses (the attacker) was heard saying repeatedly, ‘Kill the Jews,'” Rabbi Motti Seligson of Chabad-Lubavitch said in the statement.
Written by: BARBARA GOLDBERG – continue at REUTERS