NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man who was allegedly threatening a woman with a large knife was fatally shot by police in the Bronx on Thursday.

A deli worker told CBS2’s Cory James he heard a woman screaming followed by quick shots outside his bodega.

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“Quick, quick … I heard the shots, three shots,” he said. “And before, the woman screamed.”

The NYPD says the incident started around 6:15 p.m. near East 233rd Street and Barnes Avenue in the Wakefield section.

Chief of Department Terence Monahan says a sergeant and a detective assigned to the narcotics division were stopped at a traffic light when they heard a dispute on the street and people yelling for help.

Both got out of the vehicle and saw a woman running down the street being following by a man armed with a large knife.

Monahan says the sergeant and detective were in plain clothes but wearing their NYPD shields around their necks.

“The sergeant and detective both identified themselves as police numerous times and yelled to the man to drop the knife. At this time, the man turned around and ran towards the sergeant and the detective while still armed with that large knife,” Monahan said.

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Police say a man armed with a knife was fatally shot by officers in the Bronx on Jan. 21, 2021. (Credit: CBS2)

Police say the sergeant and the detective fired a total of about five to six rounds, striking the man.

He was taken to Montefiore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say the man had more than one knife on his person, and additional knives were found at the scene.

The officers were taken to a local hospital for observation but are expected to be OK. The woman was uninjured.

Monahan says the woman told officers she knew the man and said he had been threatening her on Wednesday, saying “he was gonna kill her for not calling him.”

The man has not yet been identified. He is believed to be in his 40s. The investigation is ongoing.

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