As the New York City Police Department investigates a deadly police-involved shooting over the weekend, a newly released 911 call reveals the man gunned down by officers was threatening to kill them.
Police say the call was made by Emmanuel Paulino, 24, who was gunned down by police around 5 a.m. Sunday outside 121 Vermilyea Avenue. This, after he refused to drop a hunting knife.
At one point the 911 operator can be heard asking Paulino to describe what's going on, to which he responded by saying "Yeah, I'm ready to kill cops right now."
Investigators say an officer fired a taser at Paulino, but only one of the taser's two darts hit him. They say Paulino then ripped the dart off and kept approaching the officers with the knife, telling them to shoot him.
Police say officers fired off a total of nine rounds, killing Paulino.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says an Emergency Services Unit was called to the scene.
He says responding officers from the 34th precinct called the unit, which is trained to handle such situations, but it arrived after the shooting.
"They're specially trained, they're emergency psychological technicians, that's what they do. But they can't be everywhere," Kelly said. "It may have been some additional equipment that can be used, they have their own tasers. There are potentially, perhaps, other tactics they could have been used, but the fact of the matter is they weren't there."
Police recovered a knife at the scene.
Meanwhile, community activists and Paulino's family who gathered at the scene of the shooting for a vigil say the responding officers overreacted.
"This city, the City of New York has the most sophisticated technology and equipment to subdue anyone that's mentally ill. In this case, what the New York City Police Department did was they acted on a threat," said Hispanics Across America President Fernando Mateo.
This is the second police-involved shooting in as many days.
An off-duty correction officer was shot Saturday after pointing a gun at police outside a Bronx nightclub.
The Department of Correction suspended Victor Hernandez, 35, without pay.
He is charged with reckless endangerment and menacing.