Note: This post was updated with the suspect’s name and charges at 6 a.m. on April 2, 2020.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –  NYPD officers shot a man armed with a knife and gun early this morning in the Bronx.

After the shooting, the suspect told police he tested positive for coronavirus, a police source told CBS2. He apparently wanted the officers to shoot him, the source said.

Police said two officers responded to a 911 call for a man with a knife around 4 a.m. near the intersection of Zarega and Westchester avenues in the Westchester Square section.

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The officers approached the suspect and ordered him to drop the knife and what appeared to be a gun.

Police said the man refused and advanced toward the officers, who then shot him nine times in the hip and back.

The suspect – identified as 55-year-old Ricardo Cardona – was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in stable condition. He was tested for COVID-19, and his results were pending, the source said.

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The officers were also taken to an area hospital for observation but have since been released. It’s unclear whether they be quarantined.

Investigators recovered a knife and what appeared to be a black powder pistol from the scene. 

Cardona was charged with attempted assault on a police officer, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and menacing a police officer.



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