NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) —  A Bronx man who tried to attack his roommate was shot and killed by officers after he refused to drop a knife, police said Monday.

Neighbors tell 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan that police were also called to the apartment last week

Police were called to the Rhinelander Avenue apartment in Morris Park around 11:20 p.m. Sunday night.

When officers arrived, they found the roommate trying to hold off the armed suspect with a folding chair, NYPD spokeswoman Kim Royster said. The 46-year-old man then confronted the officers at the doorway with a 6-inch steak knife.

The officers repeatedly ordered the suspect to drop the knife but he instead “lunged at them,” Royster said. Two officers fired three rounds that struck the suspect in the chest.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not immediately released.

Police said two knives were recovered in the apartment.

The roommates had been placed in the two-bedroom apartment by a private social services agency. Neighbors told 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan that the police were called to the apartment last week.

The officers involved in the shooting were taken to Jacobi Hospital for observation.

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