OAKLAND GARDENS, Queens (PIX11)—A man is dead, shot by police in his front yard after they say he refused to drop a knife. Witnesses say the man also stabbed his wife before stabbing himself.
According to authorities, police responded to a 911 call at 61-47 223rd Place in Oakland Gardens at about 8:30 Thursday evening after the couple's 17 year old daughter called in saying her father was stabbing himself with a knife.
"They kept saying put the gun down, and he kept walking at them like he was in a daze. Then we heard some shots that sounded like firecrackers," neighbor Steven Gorgnon told PIX 11 News. "That's when I pushed my wife inside and told her to get down on the floor."he added.
Rivers did in fact have a bloody knife and used it to stab himself in the neck and his 51 year old wife according to police. Witnesses say she could be heard screaming " I'm dying. I'm gonna die."
Cops say when Rivers refused to drop the blade he was shot once in the chest. The woman was found laying in the front courtyard. "She was on the ground. She wasn't moving. Then they put her on the gurney." said witness Steven Gorgnon.
Both Rivers and his wife were rushed to North shore Manhassett Hospital where the woman is listed in critical condition while he was pronounced dead on arrival.