By Jonathan Sperling
Bayside cops shot a man multiple times after he crashed his car into a marked police SUV, set his vehicle on fire and charged at officers with a knife outside of the 111th Precinct, the NYPD said Sunday.
The bewildering incident began at around 3 p.m. on Sunday, when police say Jarrell Davis crashed his car into an unoccupied police vehicle that was parked in front of the 111th Precinct, located on 215th Street. After exiting his vehicle, Davis allegedly sprayed an accelerant fluid on both his vehicle and the police vehicle before setting his vehicle on fire.
As the car burned, 111th Precinct officers exited the stationhouse and approached Davis. Davis responded by pulling out a 12-inch-long knife and charging at the officers. Two of the officers shot at Davis multiple times, hitting him in his torso and leg, the NYPD said.
A photo sent to the media by the NYPD showed the knife covered in a red substance that appeared to be blood. Knife lay on the asphalt next to a gray sheath. The NYPD could not confirm with the Eagle what prompted Davis’ berserk attack or whether they believed it was an attempted to suicide by cop. The NYPD investigation remains ongoing.
After the shooting, EMS rushed Davis to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Queens in Flushing, where he was listed in stable condition. Two officers were taken to North Shore Manhasset Hospital for an evaluation.
On Monday, the NYPD charged Davis with arson, attempted arson, criminal possession of a weapon, four counts of menacing a police officer and three counts of reckless endangerment.
Davis remained in the hospital and had not been arraigned as of 1:15 p.m. on Monday.